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Independent Review Of MDMR Reveals Problems

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The head of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the agency is "susceptible to fraud, waste and abuse" and must change its own work environment.
    
Jamie Miller's comments came Tuesday as he released results of an accounting firm's review of the agency. It was conducted during Miller's first 60 days as executive director.
    
The assessment (http://bit.ly/11JChBF ) found MDMR uses outdated procedures; does an inadequate job of reporting information to its governing body, the Commission on Marine Resources; and has too little oversight for some functions, such as grant management.
    
The assessment also found communication has been inadequate, both inside the agency and from the agency to the public.
    
And, it found the agency has not followed some requirements of the state fiscal agency, the Department of Finance and Administration.

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