Financial Review of the Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation Commission, June 30, 1976

FGMSD-77-13: Published: Aug 5, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1977.

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Problems which were identified in the financial activities of the Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation Commission were relatively minor in fiscal year 1976 because of the Commission's limited operations and fund expenditures. However, as the Commission's program activities, fund disbursements, and staff increase, these minor problems could become major problems. The Commission assists tribal members who are required to move as the result of settlement of a land dispute.

Incorrect salaries were paid to the Commissioners, and annual leave was not properly accrued for the Commissioners. Procurement procedures were not consistently followed by the Commission. Travel funds were not promptly deobligated at the end of the year. A formal manual for administrative procedures has not been developed.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Commissioners should: (1) not use any leave already accrued; (2) have the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) stop accruing leave and eliminate the accrued leave balances from payroll records; (3) direct the staff to strictly adhere to the BIA procurement procedures; (4) have BIA deobligate the unexpended travel funds; (5) direct the executive director to develop procedures to insure that in the future unexpended funds are promptly deobligated at yearend and to monitor and control travel fund expenditures during the year; and (6) require the executive director to develop a formal administrative manual of procedures for the preparation, review, and approval of time and attendance records, travel authorizations, purchase requisitions, receipt and custody of equipment and supplies, and other administrative activities as necessary.

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