A control environment is essential for safeguarding public funds. For example, an environment should be created that prohibits the use of public funds for any personal reason – even in an emergency.

It is not acceptable for an employee to “borrow” funds temporarily from petty cash or from cash receipts. It is not acceptable to use the public entity’s charge card for personal purchases, even if you promptly pay the entity for the purchases. No “I.O.U.s” from employees should be allowed – ever.

Date this Avoiding Pitfall was most recently published: 03/02/2018