State Auditor Tom Schweich has released an audit of the Office of Attorney General, Missouri Office of Prosecution Services today. Schweich’s office says in a press release that in the areas audited, the overall performance of this entity was “Good.”
However, Schweich’s auditors have pointed out some areas where improvement is warranted. “The Missouri Office of Prosecution Services needs to improve controls and procedures over recipients,” the report says, and the office “does not restrictively endorse checks immediately upon receipt and does not document the date of receipt… does not deposit registration fees until they total approximately $1,000, which may be up to three weeks.”
Pay raises have also been brought into question, as was noted that raises were given to employees that were not provided to other state employees. In addition to the 2 percent cost of living adjustment increase that was provided to state employees paid less than $70,000 per year, MOPS employees also received raises in January 2011 and 2012, the audit says. ” These raises represented an annual increase in staff salaries that totaled $22,897. In addition to the staff raises, the executive director also received salary increases of $11,455 and $7,500 in November 2012 and January 2011, respectively.”
State law grants the Prosecutors Coordinators Training Council the authority to establish employee compensation, but, given the recent state budget constraints and that other state employees have generally not received any such pay increases, the council and MOPS should reevaluate the reasonableness and necessity of these increases, according to the press release.
To view the complete report, Citizens Summary and audit rating scale, go HERE.