Several state agencies have issues with internal record keeping that could impact federal funds in the future. That’s according to the Illinois Auditor General. In a report published this week the Auditor says the Illinois Department of Transportation didn’t obtain certified payrolls before making grant payments to contractors for the Highway Planning and Construction Cluster and Surface Transportation Discretionary Grants for Capital Investment.
IDOT also failed to document construction projects in the Highway Planning and Construction Cluster in accordance with federal regulations. The report also highlighted financial reporting issues with the Departments of Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Children and Family Services, State Board of Education and Emergency Management saying they had inadequate processes to report sub award information required by the Federal Funding Accountability Transparency Act. The Auditor said several times throughout the report that failure to enact proper internal controls could lead to federal dollars being wasted or even suspended.