Veterinary Board Audit Finds Questionable Practices

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A review of the state's Board of Veterinary Examiners found questionable staffing decisions.

A Legislative Post Audit report released Thursday shows the board allowed the agency's director, Dirk Hanson, to take almost 1000 furlough hours over seven months, starting in August 2010. The audit found state regulations don't allow furloughs for his position, which is considered unclassified.

While the office generally functioned well, the audit found Hanson's absences did lead to inadequate management.

The audit also found the time off coincided with Hanson having a second job in the veterinary field. They said the situation created a potential conflict of interest, and Hanson should have inquired with the Governmental Ethics Commission about the situation.

The board also approved Hanson's request to reduce his salary so his two employees could get a raise. The audit found that action was approved appropriately.

Among other findings, the audit says the board's cash handling policies put the agency at high risk for fraud, although no fraud actually was found. The audit also notes the board has a single inspector doing 300 to 400 inspections a year, covering the entire state. The audit says that makes the inspection process seem inadequate and superficial.


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