Operational Audit Report 2014-064: Beach Erosion Control Program
The Florida Auditor General has completed an audit of the Beach
Erosion Control Program (also known as the Beach Management Funding
The complete text of the Auditor Generalís report is now available.
The audit resulted in two recommendations for the program.
Recommendation 1: We recommend that Department management establish a
standardized review process and develop Program guidance for local
sponsors addressing the selection of contractors. The review process and
guidance should address the identification of potential conflicts of
interest and require that project monitors be independent of the Program
project phases they are to monitor.
Recommendation 2: We recommend that Department management establish
guidance, including contractor hourly rate guidelines, addressing
specific project costs allowable under the Program. To improve
management and oversight of the Program and better ensure that projects
are economically and efficiently completed in compliance with applicable
laws, rules, and grant agreement provisions, we also recommend that the
Department establish a mechanism for tracking project costs by
expenditure type and strengthen its process for reviewing local sponsor
project contracts and requests for reimbursement.
According to standard audit procedures, the Department provided preliminary
responses to both recommendations for inclusion in the final audit report.
The Departmentís responses included possible alternatives to address the
concerns of the Auditor General. However, the Department is committed to
developing solutions that reflect a cooperative effort between the agency,
industry and coastal stakeholders to avoid future conflicts of interest with
regard to program monitoring and fiscal accountability. No policy changes
will be implemented without public input through workshops and formal
commenting periods. Policy implementation may require formal rule
amendments, which will require separate public workshops. It is important to
note that changes are not expected immediately.
Workshop Presentations, and Public Comments
A new email account has been established for the program:
Beaches_Funding@dep.state.fl.us. If you would like to be added to
the distribution list for workshop and informational notifications,
please send your request to this email. You may also use this email to
submit any comments or suggestions regarding the audit and public
workshops. All comments will be retained, documented and included in
discussions during future workshops.
We look forward to working with you on the implementation of the
Auditor Generalís recommendations. If you would like additional
information, please do not hesitate to contact Alex Reed at 850-245-8421
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