"We actually have not had the exit interview with the legislative auditors yet," he said Thursday. "On our end, we're going to do whatever needs to be done to see the law is followed, and our citizens are protected."
Legislative auditor Aaron Allred said he would not comment on the matter, except to say that Helmick had sent a letter requesting the audit on his first day in office, Jan. 9, 2013.
Allred said it is possible that issues with the department's loan program will be discussed Monday, at the legislative Post-Audits Committee meeting.
The department oversees a $4.5 million program for agri-business loans.
A legislative audit of all state agency loan programs conducted in 2008 indicated that the department had issued 69 loans totaling $4.018 million, with amounts due of $2.4 million and total interest payments of $1.227 million.
The audit did not otherwise address the Agriculture loans.
"Neither President Kessler, Commissioner Helmick, nor I tolerate any activities that lack integrity or violate the public trust," Miley said in the statement. "We will continue to provide law enforcement with any information necessary to assist in its investigation. Meanwhile, as we await completion of the audit, President Kessler and I will be working with Commissioner Helmick to facilitate any legislative changes necessary to ensure greater accountability and to tighten statutory controls over the activities identified in the audit."
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