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Auditor concludes Gov. Reynolds has failed to justify almost $450,000 in pandemic relief spent on staff pay

Just hours before Gov. Kim Reynolds boasted about her handling of the pandemic (“we honored your freedoms”) in the Republican response to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Iowa Auditor Rob Sand published a report that reiterated his […]

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Rob Sand is running for a second term as state auditor, squashing speculation he’d seek higher office

Almost as soon as Rob Sand was elected Iowa State Auditor in 2018, political writers and the Iowa Republican Party began publicly speculating on what office he would run for in 2022. Would Sand, the only Democrat elected to statewide […]

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Audit: Gov. Reynolds misused almost $450,000 of COVID aid to pay her office staff

Gov. Kim Reynolds misappropriated almost $450,000 in federal pandemic relief funds to cover the salaries and benefits of 21 employees in her office, according to a report published by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office on Monday. This is not the […]

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Gov. Reynolds says no to vaccine incentives, yes to running for reelection; State Auditor says she misused pandemic aid again

“I am really happy with where we’re at,” Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters on Thursday, explaining that Iowa doesn’t need to follow the example of other states and create lotteries or other incentives to persuade people to be vaccinated against […]

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Iowa is spending $10m in federal pandemic aid on state police salaries

After insisting for two months that spending $21 million in federal pandemic aid on a new computer system unrelated to COVID-19 was a legitimate use of that money, Gov. Kim Reynolds reversed her position on Monday and ordered those funds […]

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Gov. Reynolds returns $21 million in misspent federal aid to state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund

On Monday afternoon, Gov. Kim Reynolds gave up trying to claim she could use $21 million in federal pandemic relief funds to pay for a computer system upgrade that wasn’t related to COVID-19. In a written statement, the governor’s office […]

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Iowa Auditor Rob Sand launches effort to help restaurants hurt COVID-19 and workers who lost their jobs

Iowa Auditor Rob Sand launched an online effort to help both the state’s beleaguered restaurants and those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. “Local restaurants need customers. Unemployed Iowans need support. You need the feeling of knowing you […]

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State Auditor: ‘Bad data’ from Iowa DHS make it impossible to assess state’s Medicaid home health program

A new report from the Office of the State Auditor was supposed to summarize the results of an 18-month-long attempt to audit the Medicaid program administered by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) that provides health services to patients in their homes. But that proved to be impossible, because repeated attempts to get accurate information […]

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Former ICAD employee misappropriated over $500,000, according to audit

A former employee of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) misappropriated over $500,000 of the organization’s money, according to a new report from the Iowa State Auditor’s Office. Sheri Jelinek, who worked at ICAD for 15 years and was the group’s office manager when she resigned in January 2017, used an ICAD credit card to make $466,875 in clearly improper purchases, and rack up another $46,903 in suspect purchase for which auditors could not find documentation, according to the report published on Thursday. […]

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Audit finds more than $57,000 was misappropriated by an employee of the UI College of Dentistry

A special audit of spending at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry found more than $57,000 was misappropriated by a former administrative specialist, according a report by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office published on Thursday. Auditors determined that Amanda […]

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Marion Christian minister who ran Iowa’s broadband internet agency misused almost $380,000 in state funds, audit finds

The former head of the state agency that provides high-speed broadband service to schools and other public institutions misused $379,547 in state funds, according to a new report from the Iowa State Auditor’s Office. The report published on Thursday reviewed decisions by Iowa Communications Network (ICN) Executive Director Richard Lumbard between Jan. 2015 and Jan. 2, 2018. Lumbard was fired two days after the audit concluded. He had been ICN executive director since 2014. […]

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