Report: State investigative agency used reserves for 4 years

Friday, January 19, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ó A report says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation used reserves over the last four years to avoid layoffs and operational gaps due to budget cuts required by Gov. Bill Haslamís administration.

The state comptrollerís office review says TBI has underestimated its costs and annually expected to operate at a budget shortfall with reserve accounts filling the gaps.

The report says TBIís reserve accounts have been greatly diminished. Additionally, the Tennessee commissioner of finance and administration swept more than $6.1 million from TBIís handgun permit fund in 2014 to put in Tennesseeís general fund.

The report says TBI didnít request budget increases partly because its officials said they didnít expect approval through the governorís budget process.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn promised better communication and consideration of possibly charging for some services.