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Continued: Dayton welcomes legislative audit of MNsure

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 7, 2014 - 11:34 AM

MNsure’s continued woes are sure to be front and center during a meeting Thursday of the bipartisan Legislative Oversight committee

Nobles is serving his sixth six-year term as legislative auditor, leading the watchdog agency of state government. He is appointed by lawmakers of both parties.

He said he has long planned to track how the state used federal funds to create MNsure, as part of his regular duties. But he said he will “use the opportunity” to go beyond what state and federal lawmakers would require and dive more deeply into MNsure, a new state agency that is run by a board of directors appointed by the governor.

Nobles said the first phase of his audit could take as long as four months. In March or April he plans to bring in IT experts to examine MNsure’s security features. Eventually he will launch a comprehensive examination of MNsure’s overall governance structure, including the board of directors’ oversight.

“The goal is to create a timeline that’s going to tell the full, complete story of what state officials knew was occurring, when they knew it and what they did to resolve those issues,” Nobles said.

“This was such a new, visible, complicated and expensive enterprise. … It’s become the biggest symbol of our failure to deliver what we promised.”

Jackie Crosby • 612-673-7335

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