Social Services Department won't discuss audit; 13 corrective action plans issued
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Social Services Department won't discuss audit; 13 corrective action plans issued

Date: March 20, 2013
By: Matt Evans
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Questions remain unanswered after a statewide audit reveals the department of social services paid out nearly 300,000 dollars to daycare providers for kids that weren't there.
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Wrap: Calls to the Department of Social Services went unreturned, but an email from a department spokesperson said all questions had to go through the Office of Administration.

OA didn't answer any questions, but did give me 13 corrective action reports from the department stemming from the audit.

The department agreed with state auditor Tom Schweich's finding that daycares got paid nearly 300,000 dollars for kids that weren't there.

In the corrective action plans, the department says it is seeking help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to find out what other states are doing to cut down on missing and insufficient documentation.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Intro: 
The Department of Social Services refuses to answer questions on a state audit raising more than 55 million dollars in federal funds into question.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Calls went unreturned, but an email from the Department of Social Services Communications Director Rebbecca Woelfel said all questions had to go through the Office of Administration.

The Office of Administration didn't answer questions, but did give me 13 corrective action plans from the Department of Social Services.

State Auditor Tom Schweich reported the department misused more than 32 million dollars of federal funds for foster care, adoption assistance and guardianship costs. And another 24 million dollars on college scholarships.

The department disagreed with those findings and said in a corrective action plan the federal guidelines allowed the department to spend that money.

From the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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