Political subdivisions sometimes ask if they can release to the State Auditor information that is classified as “not public data” under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Minnesota law expressly allows political subdivisions to provide the State Auditor with not public information for an examination, financial audit, compliance audit, or investigation performed by the State Auditor.
In addition, local government employees and officials may provide the State Auditor with not public information when evidence of financial fraud or the possible misuse of public funds is discovered, in compliance with the mandatory reporting obligations found in Minn. Stat. § 609.456, subd. 1.
For more information about the classification of State Auditor data, see Minn. Stat. § 6.715.
Date this Avoiding Pitfall was most recently published: 5/6/2016