Early childhood audit follow-up report released

2 years 4 months 1 week ago Thursday, August 06 2015 Aug 6, 2015 Thursday, August 06, 2015 3:40:00 PM CDT August 06, 2015 in News
By: Ross Terrell, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY- A follow-up report to the Early Childhood Development, Education, and Care Fund was released Thursday by State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

The fund was primarily administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The original audit was done in February 2015 and an overall performance rating of "poor" was earned.

The follow up report highlighted the steps the agencies took to implement audit recommendations.

Four recommendations from the original audit were selected for review but none were fully implemented.

Findings from the original audit showed some contractors from Early Head Start were paid for services that weren't provided. Early Head Start

The follow-up report indicated the Department of Social Service took steps to make sure Early Head Start contractors were reimbursed for actual costs incurred but they did not take steps to recover funds from contractors who didn't meet requirements or to recover past over payments.

Other findings from the audit revealed systems were not in place to prevent duplicate payments. The report showed in one example a school district billed home visitation services to the Department of Social Services and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The school was reimbursed by both agencies for the same services provided to the same families.

The agencies started adding procedures to ensure the state was not double paying for services, but the agencies did not attempt to recover the duplicate payments.

The follow-up review was conducted during May and June 2015. The information in the report was determined to be accurate through that time. To find the complete follow-up report click here.

 

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