The Rundown with Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit
Kansas Department of Commerce: Evaluating the Department’s Administration of the Job Creation Program Fund
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The Rundown with Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit
Kansas Department of Commerce: Evaluating the Department’s Administration of the Job Creation Program Fund
Jul 29, 2019
Legislative Post Audit

The Job Creation Program Fund is administered by the Department of Commerce and was created in 2011 to provide cash awards to companies to help create jobs and support other economic development. We found the department’s process for awarding job creation program funds is inconsistent and lacks transparency. The department lacks written policies or procedures to guide which companies are awarded job creation funds or how much funding they are given. We identified several inconsistencies in the department’s award process such as a lack of consistency in requiring companies to submit applications and inconsistencies in the department’s expectations for awarding funds. Additionally, department officials conduct limited verification to ensure that companies act in accordance with the job creation fund agreement. Last, the department’s annual report to the Legislature did not include statutorily required information.