Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill talks about her decision to file a constitutional challenge to Senate File 104 at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Jan. 29. --Miranda Grubbs/Wyoming Tribune Eagle/AP
Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - EXCLUSIVE TO NEWSCHANNEL 5
Newschannel 5 obtained a letter from the U.S. Department of Education to the Wyoming Department of Education today requesting more information on issues raised in the recent audit of the W.D.E. .
The first issue is the audit's findings that internal controls designed to reasonably ensure compliance with federal laws, regulations and program requirements have been compromised through managerial overrides and practices.
The managerial overrides referred to in the letter were made by Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.
The letter asks the W.D.E. to describe the nature of the managerial overrides and their impact on specific U.S. education program grants and how those overrides may have resulted in higher costs.
The letter also asks how the overrides impacted the policy and procedures of the Wyoming Department of Education and how they may have affected finances within the W.D.E. .
The original audit concluded that the controls within the W.D.E. may have been compromised.
It went on to say that certain employees believed the work environment had become strained due to intimidation and the uncertainty of job security in addition to management override of internal controls under Hill.
Newschannel five called the U.S. Department of Education but they did not return our calls.
The Wyoming Department of Education has also refused comment.
Newschannel obtained the letter through a public records request.