State auditor tells Gov. Reynolds CARES Act funds can’t be used for software

State Auditor Rob Sand said Monday that his office and the Treasury Department’s inspector general have advised Gov. Kim Reynolds that federal CARES Act funding cannot be used to help implement a new software system for state government.



Kim Reynolds sitting at a desk in front of a curtain: Gov. Kim Reynolds


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Sand said through a news release that he advised Reynolds that using CARES Act dollars for her personal staff was questionable and could lead to repayments being required if insufficient work was done related to the pandemic or insufficient documentation was maintained.


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Sand said he encouraged her to redeploy those dollars to uses that were automatically qualified, such as purchases of personal protective equipment, increasing testing capacity, or other direct pandemic-mitigation purposes.

“The governor has chosen to spend $21 million on Workday, an HR/accounting computer system intended to replace the state’s legacy mainframe system. The state contracted

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s auditor warned Monday that the governor’s decision to spend $21 million in federal pandemic relief funds on a new executive branch software system would not be allowed and should be abandoned.

State Auditor Rob Sand said that using the federal money to pay for Workday, a cloud-based program for the executive branch’s human resources and finances, is an inappropriate use under the law. He said that if the money isn’t redirected for a different purpose, Iowa taxpayers could be on the hook to repay the federal government $21 million later on.

Sand, a Democrat, said his conclusion was shared by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General, which is responsible for overseeing the appropriate use of federal funds.

He noted that the administration of Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a five-year, $20 million software contract with Workday in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic started.

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Trans-Tasman bubble travellers entitled to continue on to Melbourne, Victorian state government website shows

Travellers from New Zealand taking advantage of the trans-Tasman bubble to get to Victoria are within their rights, provided they don’t have symptoms associated with Covid-19, according to a Victorian state government website.

Premiers of Victoria and Western Australia have complained after some trans-Tasman bubble travellers arrived in their states, which are not part of the bubble arrangement, after first landing in New South Wales, which is.

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The one-way bubble started on Friday, allowing travellers from New Zealand to arrive in NSW and Northern Territory without then having to go into managed isolation.

Friday was the first day of “travel bubble” arrangements between Australia's New South Wales and New Zealand.

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NZ travellers free to enter state

“Currently the Victorian borders are open,” the website said.

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“If you are travelling from New Zealand and have passed all relevant immigration and biosecurity requirements as established by the Federal Government, New South Wales Government and Northern Territory Government, then you are able to travel to Victoria.

“You do not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Victoria.”

The Victorian government website tells potential travellers they should not enter the state if they have coronavirus symptoms and says they may be subject to detention under public health laws, but it does not advise them against entering the state.

Mr Andrews blasted the federal government over the weekend after up to 55 travellers from New Zealand entered Victoria via Sydney. State government sources said they asked the Australian Border Force for passengers names on Friday night and didn’t get them until Saturday lunch time.

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