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First Coast Review

First Coast Review

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Published by: Mike Marino on Jul 23, 2012
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 Addendum toIndependent Accountants’ Report onConsulting Services DatedFebruary 23, 2012State of Florida,Department of Economic Opportunity,Florida Black Business Loan Program2010-11 Consulting Report
 
 
1May 31, 2012State of Florida, Department of Economic OpportunityTallahassee, Florida 32399We have performed specific compliance consulting services as described in the scope of work inDepartment of Economic Opportunity (DEO) contract C0623, Attachment 1, as amended. Theseservices were contracted by DEO to assist with its programmatic oversight and monitoringresponsibilities related to the Florida Black Business Loan Program (FBBLP, or the Program)and the related Black Business Investment Corporations (BBICs). Our original report datedFebruary 23, 2012 excluded observations related to the inspection of recipient records for theFirst Coast Black Business Investment Corporation (FCBBIC). We completed a site visit of theFCBBIC on May 10, 2012, and this addendum is being issued to communicate the results of thatvisit.These consulting services were conducted in accordance with the
Statements on Standards for Consulting Services
established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Thesufficiency of the consulting services is solely the responsibility of DEO. Consequently, wemake no representations regarding the sufficiency of the consulting services performed, eitherfor the purpose for which this report has been requested or for any other purpose.The scope of our engagement was limited to the inspection of FCBBIC records to gain a basicunderstanding of Program compliance, business practices, internal control, and record keepingassociated with the FCBBICs’ participation in the Program.We were not engaged to and did not conduct an examination, the objective of which would bethe expression of an opinion on the FCBBIC’s compliance with statutory or contractualrequirements. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.This report is intended solely for the information and use of the DEO and is not intended to beand should not be used by anyone other than the DEO.
 
Florida Black Business Loan Program2010-11 Consulting Report AddendumMay 31, 20122Our initial engagement related to the study was completed and issued on February 23, 2012. Ourstudy included site visits of eight organizations certified as Black Business InvestmentCorporations. We attempted to also perform a site visit of the First Coast Black BusinessInvestment Corporation (FCBBIC), but the organization initially was not responsive to ourrequests. Subsequent to the issuance of our initial report the FCBBIC contacted our office andthe Department of Economic Opportunity indicating its intent to cooperate with DEO’s requestto make its records available for inspection. On May 10, 2012, we performed an onsite visit of the First Coast Black Business Investment Corporation (FCBBIC). The procedures performedduring the site visit included:a.
 
Inspection of the audited financial statements and auditor work papers, as made availableto us.b.
 
Determination if funds were deposited into a separate interest-bearing account and if income was appropriately expended.c.
 
Inspection of quarterly reports, which include a written status report of Program activitiesand disbursement of funds.d.
 
Determination if eligibility requirements, as prescribed by the individual BBIC policies,are met for providing loans, loan guarantees, or investments to black business enterprises.e.
 
Determination if funds were used for authorized purposes, and within authorized limits,to provide support to black business enterprises.f.
 
Determination if subrecipient relationships were appropriately executed and monitored.g.
 
Determination if the unexpended funds were appropriately safeguarded and accounted forin the records of the Recipient.h.
 
Determination if loans or obligations were appropriately reported as current, past due, indefault, etc.i.
 
Determination of “Other Funds Used,” including matching funds, which are reported asbeing in support of black business enterprises. j.
 
Inspection of loan files, including supporting documentation for loans and investments,and for quarterly and annual reported amounts.k.
 
Inquiries of personnel regarding Program data and demographics and how information isgathered to provide to DEO.The time period included within the scope of our site visit was July 1, 2009 through December31, 2011. Subsequent to June 30, 2011, the FCBBIC did not apply for recertification as a Black Business Investment Corporation, and as a result, did not receive Program funds for the 2011-12fiscal year.The FCBBIC is a direct lending entity and awards loans primarily for working capitalcollateralized by contract assignments and tangible commercial property. Staffing of theFCBBIC includes one full-time employee and two independent contractors to performunderwriting services and to service the existing loans. Based on correspondence betweenOTTED and FCBBIC, it appeared that OTTED was aware of one of the subcontractorrelationships but we could not determine if OTTED was aware of the subcontractor relationshipfor loan servicing.

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