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Improper spending alleged at UNI program

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - For the 2nd time this year, an investigation from Iowa's state auditor shows apparent improper spending at the University of Northern Iowa.

State Auditor David Vaudt questioned more than $33,000 spent by Camp Adventure Youth Services.

That follows an audit earlier this year that found questionable spending by the program's former assistant director.

Camp Adventure is a university program that provides activities for school-age children on military installations around the world.

The school says the issues raised in the audit have already been fixed.

School officials say a routine university audit triggered further investigation by the state.

It deals with camp adventure and 26 payments to Action Air Services, based in California.

The payments were for airline tickets charged to the camp's procurement card.

"It was basically a paperwork question..making sure the paperwork reconciled. It wasn't that there was money missing but that it was an accounting reconciliation situation," said UNI spokesman James O'Connor.

Still, the audit raises concerns about Action Air and that transactions may not have been conducted at arm's length.

O'Connor says changes were made after the audit was conducted last year.

"Basic changes they indicated was reconciling with accounts receivable and accounts payable, some business operations things, working with our own business operations system, and a new computer system that automatically reconciles tickets and payments made," said O'Connor.

O'Connor says disciplinary action to employees wasn't necessary.

Action Air is no longer under contract with the program.

It also refunded $17,000 of the payments.

Copies of the audit were sent to the state attorney general and local prosecutors.

To see the auditor's full report, click here.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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