Coronavirus Relief Fund Spending May Trigger Audit Requirement

February 8, 2021

If an audit is required for your city, please respond to a state survey about who is performing your audit.

If your city spent at least $750,000 in federal funds — including Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) — during calendar year 2020, it is required to obtain a federal “single audit.”

A single audit is required by the federal government for any non-federal entity that spends $750,000 or more in federal funds in one year. It is intended to show that the entity has adequate internal controls and is generally in compliance with program requirements.

The city is responsible for the cost of the single audit and can contract with an auditing firm or the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor to perform it. Cities that did not receive at least $750,000 in CRF but did receive other federal funding in 2020 may also be subject to the federal single audit.

State survey about single audits

The Minnesota COVID-19 Response Accountability Office recently sent the Local Government CRF Audit Survey via email to local governments that spent at least $750,000 in CRF. The survey asks who you contracted with to perform the single audit.

Please respond to the survey as soon as possible. If you need the survey in a different format, please email the COVID-19 Response Accountability Office at

More info about the audits

The League recently presented a webinar that discusses the audit process.

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