Ethics panel runs out of field audit funds


POSTED: Saturday, August 22, 2009

The state Ethics Commission says it only had enough money to complete field audits of about 30 of the public financial interests disclosure statements filed by some 168 high-ranking state officials.

The commission said Thursday that partway through the auditing process a more pressing need for investigative services arose, exhausting its funds for the field audits.

However, the commission is pleased with the results of the audits that were completed. It says the statements that were audited contained all of the information required by law.

The 2008 disclosure statements that were audited came from officials of all three branches of government. The commission says no state officials were targeted to be audited.