State Auditor Mike Foley has released a state audit which found the Nebraska Supreme Court overspent its budget in 2012 and failed to seek competitive bids for a $600,000-plus computer services contract.
Foley says state agencies must operate within the budget established by the Legislature. He says in 2012 the Supreme Court spent about $220,000 more than its appropriation limit and covered those excessive expenditures with funds from fiscal year 2013.
Foley says the Supreme Court also awarded a $665,000 computer services contract without using the competitive bidding process that is required by the state.
Foley says the Nebraska Supreme Court continued a longstanding practice of denying vacation and sick leave benefits to law clerks. He says all state employees are entitled to those benefits.
Other problems included in the audit:
– Spending $3,800 on unnecessary hotel expenses for Court employees.
– The Court owns fixed assets with an historical cost of well over $700,000 and statute requires them to conduct an annual inventory of all items. Auditors identified many thousands of dollars of assets that were not properly recorded in the State’s accounting system and many of those items could not be located.
Foley says the employees were very cooperative during the audit and he is confident that every error will be corrected and next year’s audit process will go much smoother.