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USM given 30 days by State Auditor to have all tablets accounted for

USM President passing out tablets to students USM President passing out tablets to students
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

State Auditor Stacy Pickering says his office has been in contact with USM and the IHL regarding the tablets that were wrongfully given out to some students and faculty in the fall

Pickering says a letter was sent out last week giving the university 30 days to get everything turned in and accounted for and ready for an inventory audit. The school could be responsible for any of the tablets that are unaccounted for after the inventory by the auditors office,

Pickering also said the university circumvented the bid laws and provided tablets paid for with taxpayer dollars at no charge to faculty, staff, and students.

"This is a donation and under our constitution governments are not allowed to donate public funds or public property without specific authority from the legislature," said Pickering.

Pickering added his office is working with the IHL to address the internal controls at USM so that this or other issues may not occur in the future. Tablet-gate has resulted in the resignation Provost Bob Lyman, while two other administrators are on administrative leave.

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