Audit of Thurston County shows it failed to file reports on $1.3 million in grants

Thurston County’s internal controls “were not adequate to ensure compliance” with reporting requirements for two federal grant programs, according to a report released Monday by the State Auditor’s Office.

The county passed through $304,809 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the town of Bucoda, but didn’t file a monthly sub-award report that was required during the audit period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The county also didn’t submit quarterly reports that were required for the program that year, according to the finding.

In a separate finding, the county spent $825,967 and passed through $200,000 in Housing and Urban Development funds to the Housing Authority of Thurston County. It did not report one monthly sub-award made during the audit period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014.

In both findings, the county admitted the required reports were not filed, and it said it has strengthened its procedures to ensure timely report filing since then.

“The Washington State Auditor’s findings were an administrative oversight on the part of Thurston County Public Health,” county auditor Mary Hall told The Olympian. “There were no questioned or unallowable costs, and at no time during the year were county funds at risk of misappropriation.”