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Equipment inventory issue in audit resolved

July 07, 2013

Maryland State Department of Education auditors had one issue they reported during a recent conference with Washington County Public Schools officials, but that problem has been resolved, Accounting Director David Brandenburg said Wednesday.

State auditors checked a sample inventory of equipment at a school and couldn’t find four laptops, Brandenburg told Finance Committee members during a June 25 meeting.

At that time, Brandenburg said the laptops, with a total value of approximately $2,120, might have been transferred to another school without being reported or they might have had the wrong identifying tag numbers on them.

It turns out one laptop was on a teacher’s desk and the other three had duplicate identification tag numbers on them, he said Wednesday. The state auditors were notified the laptops had been found, he said.

The state education department performs the Biennial State Aid Audit as oversight for the various state grants provided to the school system, Brandenburg said. The audit also reviewed one or two federal grants, including the Race to the Top grant, he said.

The biennial audit was one of the cleanest ones the school system has had, Brandenburg said.

Brandenburg said state auditors haven’t issued their report yet, and they might want to return for a follow-up visit.

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— Julie E. Greene

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