Friday, June 6, 2014

N.C. audit finds UNCG violated travel policies for 18 years

GREENSBORO — The state auditor’s office says UNCG violated state and university policy for travel during a period of 18 years, a practice that “increased the risk of fraud, waste or abuse of university resources,” according to an audit report.

But UNCG officials say that there was no such waste or abuse and that the university is now in full compliance with the policy.

State Auditor Beth Wood’s report found that UNCG exempted senior administrators from travel authorization and supervisory approval for travel expenses, a violation of state and university policy.

Wood’s investigation, which cost nearly $20,000 to conduct, was prompted by a complaint about the travel of a senior administrator at UNCG, according to the report.

Reade Taylor, UNCG’s vice chancellor for business affairs, acknowledged that the university had not followed the policy since 1996 in regard to a group of about 30 employees who report directly to the chancellor or provost.