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ND Game and Fish Department head vows improvements

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand assured lawmakers that corrective actions are being taken after an audit uncovered dozens of discrepancies with the agency's practices.

Steinwand told the 20-member Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday that "we're going to do better.''

The review by the state auditor's office criticized the agency's misuse of public money and its "noncompliance with laws, rules and policies.'' Problems uncovered by auditors included improper payments to employees and more than 100 guns missing from a volunteer hunter education program.

Steinwand says the agency has corrected about 80 percent of the problems found in the audit. He says about 18 guns remain missing from the hunter education program.