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Auditor Generalís 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 Assistance Program). 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.

To review workshop presentations, recorded webinars and public comments, please use the following links.

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 or alex.reed@dep.state.fl.us.

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Would you like to view rules and regulations regarding beach restoration?

Chapter 62B-36, Florida Administrative Code
Beach Erosion Control Assistance Program

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Chapter 161, Florida Statutes
Beach and Shore Preservation

Last updated: July 14, 2014

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