Iowa Auditor of State

Fired vets home head thanked Reynolds, staff for pay raise in 2019

BY: - August 5, 2021

Two years ago, the head of the Iowa Veterans Home allegedly wrote to Gov. Kim Reynolds and her chief of staff, thanking each of them for an unauthorized pay raise that contributed to his abrupt firing in May of this year. The governor’s office has said Reynolds acted immediately on the pay-raise issue and fired […]

Auditor: Iowa Veterans Home leader knew he collected $105k in excess pay

BY: - July 29, 2021

The former head of the Iowa Veterans Home collected $105,413 in improper, excess wages since 2019, Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand said Thursday. A new report from the auditor’s office says former IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri collected $90,027 in questionable gross wages and $15,386 in related payroll costs. The excess pay and benefits were […]

Reynolds disputes Sand’s claim that she used taxpayer money ‘to promote herself’

BY: - June 3, 2021

After Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand released a report Thursday alleging Gov. Kim Reynolds illegally sought to “promote herself” through a taxpayer-funded, COVID-19 public awareness campaign, the governor said the law “clearly allows” such a campaign. The governor’s “Step Up, Stop The Spread” media campaign, which was announced in November 2020, was part of […]

Auditor: DHS worker improperly added $52K to husband’s wages to ‘make ends meet’

BY: - June 2, 2021

For 18 months, an administrative assistant at Iowa’s Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders improperly routed money from the facility to her husband, according to the Iowa Auditor of State. The unit, known as CCUSO, is run by the Iowa Department of Human Services and is located on the campus of the Cherokee Mental Health […]

Auditor cites ‘clear conflict of interest’ in Davenport school board’s property sale

BY: - April 9, 2021

The Davenport Community School District gave a local nonprofit with board connections a favorable deal on the purchase of a former schoolhouse, according to the auditor of state. The sale of the former Lincoln Elementary School was approved by the school board in July 2019, when the board agreed to accept a $30,000 offer from […]

Auditor: DHS should improve board oversight and public-assistance spending

BY: - January 19, 2021

The Iowa Department of Human Services should take corrective action in its oversight of state boards and its handling of public funds, the Iowa Auditor of State has concluded. In a report issued Tuesday, state auditors said they examined public-assistance payouts made to Iowans as part of the Family Investment Program. According to auditors, DHS […]

Auditor: Test Iowa program violates the law, creates needless risks

BY: - July 14, 2020

The state auditor said Tuesday that the Iowa Department of Public Health is violating the law and exposing Iowans to greater health risk through the delayed reporting of COVID-19 test results. Auditor of State Rob Sand issued a report Tuesday that alleges the results from the COVID-19 testing conducted through the Test Iowa program are […]

State agency’s financial reporting cited by state auditor

BY: - February 18, 2020

The Iowa Auditor of State has faulted Iowa Workforce Development for material weaknesses in its financial reporting. According to the auditor, IWD has developed a system to track the unemployment insurance contributions made by Iowa employers. That system generates information regarding delinquent accounts and money that that’s still owed to the state. But for the […]