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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017

Russ Reno Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-8287
DHHS Statement on Auditor’s Statewide Single Audit

LINCOLN - Statement from Courtney Phillips, CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services about the Statewide Single Audit provided by the Auditor of Public Accounts on Monday (3/13).
“Over the past year, the Department of Health and Human Services identified the improvement of audit processes as a key priority within its Business Plan.  The renewed focus on improving our regulatory processes and financial controls is beginning to demonstrate results, as evident in the recently released 2016 Statewide Single Audit report.  The State Auditor identified 41 federal award findings (a 22% decrease from 2015) and $1.45 million in questioned costs (a 55% reduction from 2015) in the 2016 report.  Although there is much more to do, this is an improvement from the 2015 Statewide Single Audit, which identified 53 federal award findings and $3.23 million of questioned costs.
“Some of our ongoing efforts include:
  • Continued development of our comprehensive internal review process;
  • Providing staff training on sub-recipient monitoring and the Single Audit process;
  • Documenting procedures;
  • Implementing internal control policies;
  • Incorporating corrective actions based on the State Auditor’s Office recommendations;
  • Reviewing program findings for enhancements across the agency; and
  • Making internal organization improvements regarding financial and audit staff.

“We are confident that based on our efforts this year and going forward, we will continue to see improvements.” 

The complete 2016 Statewide Single Audit can be found at: