Rob Sand

State auditor: Governor sitting on $1B that could help small businesses, towns

BY: - April 23, 2021

State Auditor Rob Sand criticized Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ pandemic response, saying the state is sitting on close to $1 billion while businesses across the state struggle to stay open.  Sand, a Democrat, is considering a run for governor, but said he also is debating a run for U.S. Senate or a re-election campaign.  “I […]

Auditor: Local governments could save combined $375M with average solar installations

BY: - February 26, 2021

If every Iowa county seat, school district and county government installed an average solar energy system, taxpayers would save $375 million over the life of the equipment, Auditor Rob Sand noted in a new report. in the state’s first analysis of its kind, Sand asked local governments and school districts and the Iowa Solar Energy […]

Special audit rakes state’s targeted small business program; state agency points to updates

BY: - February 2, 2021

After a special review, State Auditor Rob Sand blasted a state program designed to help businesses owned and operated by women and minorities as hard to use and confusing. Sand called for a range of changes. The Iowa Economic Development Authority, which runs the program, responded by noting steady improvement after a major overhaul of […]

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Lawmakers refused to fund no-bid contracts before Reynolds used federal virus aid

BY: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds decided to use $21 million in federal pandemic relief aid to pay for unrelated no-bid contracts with a hand-picked software company after lawmakers declined to make the appropriation. The software company, California-based Workday, has ties to current and former members of Reynolds’ staff. The decision to use the money intended to help […]

Iowa auditor joins 15-state investigation into COVID case reporting

BY: - July 28, 2020

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand has joined officials in 14 other states in a bipartisan audit of the states’ monitoring and reporting of COVID-19 cases. “I’m excited to be able to work with a bipartisan group of auditors on projects like we did with our initial Test Iowa audit, as well as monitoring our state’s […]

State auditor: Health care providers say privatized Medicaid is failing Iowa

BY: - July 27, 2020

A majority of Iowa’s health care providers believe privatized Medicaid has failed to live up to the promise of improved, more accessible medical care. Those and other findings were reported Monday by Auditor of State Rob Sand, a Democrat, who has long questioned the GOP-led initiative to privatize the management of the state’s Medicaid system. […]

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 […]

Is feeding firefighters a ‘public benefit’?

BY: - March 9, 2020

State Auditor Rob Sand’s office has taken exception to the city of Griswold springing for beef patties or pizza at a firefighters’ training session and two meetings. The total cost: $210. State auditors wrote that the Iowa Constitution and a 1979 attorney general’s opinion cast doubt on the city’s decision to provide the food without […]

State auditor proposes bill to jail public employees who embezzle

BY: - February 27, 2020

A bill pushed by Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand, a former prosecutor, would require jail terms for most public employees convicted of taking large amounts of money from taxpayers. Sand said he wants to stop public employees — including, for example, state lawmakers and people working for schools, cities and counties — from treating their […]

Auditor says Iowa can’t measure Medicaid success due to bad data

BY: - January 9, 2020

Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand issued a stinging indictment of Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system Thursday, saying his office has been unable to collect reliable data to measure the quality of services provided to vulnerable Iowans. “If we can’t assess the quality of care because the data are not reliable, that certainly calls into question […]