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Local government officials and employees must notify the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) whenever evidence of theft, embezzlement, or the unlawful use of public funds or property is discovered. The reporting requirement also applies to officers and employees of local public pension plans, including volunteer firefighter relief associations and teachers’ retirement fund associations governed by chapter 354A.

Under Minn. Stat. § 609.456, a detailed description of the alleged incident(s) must be made to the OSA “promptly” and in writing. The description may include information that is classified as not public data. “Prompt” reporting means that the OSA should be contacted when the evidence is first discovered. Information that could reasonably be used to determine the identity of an individual providing the required notice is classified as private. To make a report, please use the following form:

http://www.auditor.state.mn.us/other/reportconcern_govtofficial_form.pdf.

If you have questions about whether a report should be made, please contact Mark Kerr at 651-296-4717 or mark.kerr@osa.state.mn.us.


Date this Avoiding Pitfall was most recently published: 09/16/2016

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