Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of the government of Moniteau County, located in central Missouri. The audit included a finding regarding inadequate capital assets records that had been reported in four previous audits.
"An audit should serve as a tool for the county to improve operations and procedures to better serve citizens and protect taxpayer dollars," Auditor Galloway said. "My team has conducted an independent review and once again identified practices that should be implemented to safeguard public resources. It is disappointing when recommendations are continually disregarded."
The county does not have adequate processes in place to track and account for capital assets such as buildings, equipment and vehicles. County records of these items are not complete or current. Records and processes related to capital assets are important in order to ensure oversight of county resources and make sure valuable items have proper insurance coverage. This was the fifth time this concern has been identified in an audit.
Auditor Galloway also identified weaknesses in electronic data security across multiple county offices, including inadequate password requirements and a lack of security controls to lock computers after a specific amount of time or a number of incorrect logon attempts.
The Moniteau County audit report, which received an overall performance rating of "good," is available online here.