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Sept. 10 , 2004
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU Issues Formal Audit Response

Report admits mistakes were made; procedural changes are in place

YPSILANTIEastern Michigan University today (Sept. 10) released its formal response to the Performance Audit of the University House project prepared by the Michigan Office of the Auditor General (OAG). The University agrees with the four recommendations included in the Performance Audit. The University apologized for its mistakes relative to the project and presented its strategies for strengthening administrative procedures and oversight practices (see attached Fact Sheet). These changes will lead to better tracking, management and reporting of future capital projects.

“The OAG Performance Audit has provided the University with an excellent tool for defining problem areas and directing future improvements,” said EMU Interim President Craig Dean Willis. “After a careful review of all relevant issues, we are optimistic that the lessons learned as part of the University House project will result in long-term positive change for EMU.”

The University also has taken action to address concerns related to the University House project. A revised Use and Finance Statement related to the project has been filed, which includes all costs and financing totaling $5.3 million. In the future, the University will ensure the description of the scope of a project is inclusive rather than segmented by budget account.

“It is evident that there are aspects of this project that could have been handled more effectively,” Willis said. “We have explored these issues carefully and will apply meaningful remedies where appropriate. We will continue to seek additional opportunities for improvement and are open to public input relative to the University’s future strategies.”

RELATED: EMU Audit Response Fact Sheet

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