City lags in fund reports

Concerns about donated moneyraised in audit


New Orleans bureau

NEW ORLEANS — The city now has a policy in place for how it handles monetary donations, but it has not implemented two other changes to how New Orleans accounts for and spends donations that it said it would following a 2011 report from the city’s Office of Inspector General.

That is according to a follow-up report released Monday.

The initial report from 2011 examined the America’s New Orleans Fund Inc. and the Miscellaneous Donations Fund, two funds created to manage monetary donations following Hurricane Katrina.

That report concluded:

Following that report, Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin wrote to Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux that:

According to Monday’s follow-up report, the city has updated its accounting policies and procedures manual and issued a donation policy but only after the follow-up report was finalized.

Meanwhile, the city claims to have prepared MDF reports that it submitted to the chief administrative officer and council. However, the Office of Inspector General wrote that there is “no evidence to support this assertion was provided by the city.”

Finally, donations the city received and placed into the general fund in 2011 were less than $100 and were not examined by auditors before being placed into that fund.

Kopplin on Monday said the city has provided the reports to the council.

“Although we provided the Inspector General with copies of the non-major funds reports that we had developed for the Budget Committee, we had not formally sent the reports to be ‘officially’ recorded by the council and will do so moving forward,” Kopplin said in a prepared statement.

The Office of Inspector General will perform a second review in about 18 months.