North Dakota state auditor finds Commerce Department ‘circumvented’ bid process for new state logo

North Dakota’s Commerce Department improperly contracted work for the state’s new logo last year, according to state Auditor Josh Gallion.


Gallion’s regular, two-year audit of Commerce found that two temporary employment contracts, totaling about $87,160, should have been treated as one, which would have required soliciting informal bids or proposals through state procurement requirements.


Gallion said “circumventing procurement laws … does not promote transparency and accountability but instead, undermines the public’s trust in its government institutions.”