1 Feb 2006

Four audits on Marianas Public Lands Authority

2:21 pm on 1 February 2006

The Office of the Public Auditor is now conducting four concurrent audits on the Northern Marianas Public Lands Authority.

The public auditor, Michael Sablan, said the lands authority is now facing four audits into land compensation, travel and board activities, procurement and professional services, and personnel.

The audits are at the request of community members who are aware of the authority's travels, frequent meetings, and use of public resources.

The Saipan Tribune reports there have been calls for the MPLA to be abolished.

The Office of the Public Auditor is also looking into the Marianas Public Land Trust - the government agency entrusted with the management of funds from public land leases collected by the Marianas Public Lands Authority.