- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A federal audit is recommending Congress amend an act to restructure the Denali Commission.

The Government Accountability Office released the report Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, requested the review in 2013 to address deficiencies in the federal program.

Among the complaints were that conflict of interest laws prevented Alaska-based commissioners from participating in decisions, and there was nothing in place to allow the federal co-chair of the commission to delegate authority.

The report also calls for the commission to issue grant management policies and create a new strategic plan.

Murkowski says in a statement that she’s pleased the report lays “the ground work for Congress to reauthorize the Denali Commission for important future work.”

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