Audit: Dept. of Transportation needs to update conflict, accounting processes

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The Department of Transportation needs to tighten up some rules on conflicts of interest and accounting procedures, according to a new report from the Florida auditor general’s office reports the News Service of Florida. The report found some instances of where the staff involved in procurements for DOT didn’t have the required forms, designed to avoid conflicts of interest, on file. “Additionally, since the relationships affecting procurement staff could change over time, we recommend that all staff involved with the procurement process be required to periodically update their Conflict of Interest Certification forms,” the report says. The report also found some flaws in accounting procedures for certain funds the department spends. In its response, DOT agreed with the auditor general’s findings. The department said staff members would be required to update their conflict of interest information and that steps were being taken to train staff about the accounting procedures.

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