Auditor General says MI’s COVID response “appropriate” but not perfect

Jan 26, 2021

A report from the Michigan Auditor General says there should have been more controls over how  millions of dollars in COVID-19 response funds is spent. But the same report also says the spending overall has been “appropriate.”

The report focused on government credit cards that were shared between state employees to buy emergency supplies. That made it harder to track who was buying what, and there was one case of purchased personal protective equipment that was never delivered.

   Caleb Buhs is with the state budget office. He says it was a crisis as Michigan competed for emergency equipment, and vendors were demanding payment in advance.

“There’s always lessons learned from emergencies because each one is unique. This one may be more unique than any emergency we’ve ever faced with a pandemic of this nature.”

   This is the third monthly report to the Legislature on how COVID funds are being used.