An audit critical of the Nebraska Brand Committee has been released by the State Auditor Charlie Janssen.
The audit criticizes the operation of the committee headquartered in Alliance, claiming the Executive Director Shawn Harvey used a state vehicle for personal transportation and that the committee has been sloppy in its bookkeeping.
Janssen says the audit made 18 findings it suggests the committee address.
“Overall, I think there just needs to be a little more responsibility with the day to day workers and a lot more oversight of the day-to-day workings of the Brand Inspection Commission,” Janssen tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The audit accuses the executive director of the Brand Committee of backdating approval of an employee disciplinary form. It says the committee lacks adequate policies for determining inspection fees and other costs. The audit claims estray fund checks have been lost and estray cases have not been properly turned over to the office in a timely manner. Money also has not been remitted to the Permanent School fund, as required by state law.
Janssen says the audit began after his office received an anonymous tip.
“We receive numerous complaints about top-level employees, mainly the executive director, using their state vehicle for personal use that runs afoul of state statute.”
Click here for a link to the full audit.