Audit of TBI finds agency 'requires balance between independence and accountability'
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Comptroller's Office (TCO) audit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's (TBI) fiscal operations found some issues in the way the agency spends money.
The audit stems from a request made by State Senator Bo Watson of Hixson, who called for a look into the agency's budgeting and accounting practices.
The TCO found the TBI has exceeded budget estimates since 2014, forcing the agency to dip into reserve funds to operate. As a result, the TCO says TBI has "greatly diminished" it's reserves and needs to improve communications with the Department of Finance and Administration during the budget process.
The TCO adds the procurement of the TBI's plane could have been more cost-effective and use of the agency's aircraft has not been sufficient. TCO says TBI also has failed to collect all sex offender registration fees, and the Drug Offender Registry has not always been accurate or up to date.
Overall, the TCO says since the TBI does not "clearly belong to a single branch of government," it's unique role in the state government "requires a balance between independence and accountability."
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