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Audit completed on Department of Public Safety

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 1/15 4:13 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- State lawmakers have been presented a report on the finances of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented the findings to lawmakers Wednesday morning.

DPS Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz requested a multi-year performance of the agency and covers from 2009 to the present.

A DPS news release says the findings of the audit show the department has been compliant with state laws and regulations.

That's not the findings Lt. Governor Tate Reeves says he heard reported.

Reeves says the audit found numerous shortfalls that confirm complaints made in recent months by lawmakers.

He says DPS officials had difficulty providing certain budget and financial reports, and the Department of Finance and Administration had to assist the state auditor to complete the review.

DPS officials say the audit shows they faced a deficit appropriation from lawmakers last year in only receiving funding of $47.3 million when the agencies payroll is in excess of $55 million.

They say day-to-day operations are not included in the payroll figure.

DPS officials say in the past year they have worked to improve the accounting process, including additional training for workers.

They say the audit shows the accounting division is understaffed and the report recommends hiring more workers.

DPS officials say they are addressing a recommendation in the report to improve documentation and retention of that paperwork.

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