State auditors found the Department of Administrative Services and another small agency gave merit pay or performance bonuses to managers without the proper employee evaluations on file, raising questions about the legitimacy of the performance pay program.

The Auditors of Public Accounts said in their report at least eight DAS employees received performance pay without proper documentation. Another employee at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities also received performance pay without documentation.

Auditors also found state charges to federal grants potentially violated federal rules. “Such non-compliance could result in loss of revenue through the application of fines, penalties and grant reductions imposed by cognizant federal agencies,” the auditors said.

The DAS audit covered the years 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 during Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s administration.