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UMd.-Eastern Shore lacked over oversight of grant and loan programs, had potential conflicts, auditors find

November 19th, 2014 | by Charlie Hayward

Two high-level officials at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore had conflicts of interest in up to $1.9 million of spending and grants funneled through the university’s affiliated foundation and private companies, an audit has found. Auditors reported possible conflicts involving the university and its affiliated foundation, which promotes the university and its mission. The audit described potential conflicts involving the foundation and two private companies: one controlled by the foundation’s executive director and the other owned by a relative


Auditors find continuing accounting issues at Maryland cities and towns

September 30th, 2014 | by Charlie Hayward

Some local governments in Maryland are having difficulty preparing adequate financial statements and getting passing grades from their outside auditors, state auditors found in an annual review of local audit practices for the fiscal year ending June 2013. But the report found that the City of Baltimore’s financial statements are improving, and it also stated the overall financial condition of three cities, including Cumberland, is improving


Md. treasurer, auditors continue wrangling over how to handle worker compensation insurance

August 14th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Auditors have found continuing problems with how the Maryland State Treasurer’s Office handles workers compensation insurance payments and claims for state employees amounting to $268 million over the past three years. Treasurer Nancy Kopp said it's up to the legislature and the Board of Public Works to make some of the changes auditors want.


Human Resources Dept. spent money it didn’t have and paid bills without verifying they were due

July 10th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

In the last four years, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) overspent its budget by $27 million — and inadvertently masked its overruns with improper accounting adjustments, an audit of the department has revealed. After the audit came out, DHR removed the director of the grants management office due to concerns about oversight of millions of dollars of grants


Silver Spring Transit Center: Study finds many to blame for stalled, costly project

May 27th, 2014 | by Charlie Hayward

Serious safety, soundness, and durability problems that are now causing indefinite delays with opening the $112 million Silver Spring Transit Center (SSTC) were attributable to negligence, inadequate oversight and other shortcomings with project management, construction, and engineering. In other words, none of the principal parties has “clean hands” according to a study released last week by the independent Office of Inspector General for Montgomery County


Prince George’s Schools: Auditors find millions in overpayments, inefficiencies, lack of controls

March 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Prince George’s County Public School System overpaid employees millions of dollars because of lax controls on payrolls and “sick-leave banks,” according to one of many repeat findings by legislative auditors. The audit also found that hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment and expenses within the school system do not have proper oversight and safeguards. Among the findings: $200 million of equipment is not adequately protected against theft or loss by inventory tracking systems; regular physical inventory counts; and researching missing property


Bill would provide more information on Md. government contracts

February 21st, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Greater transparency in Maryland government contracting is the goal of legislation that would provide more information about each contract on a state website. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is considering a bill that would pour $1.4 million into the growth of the website that allows the public to view payments made to state contractors


Audit: Assessments & Taxation Dept. doesn’t inspect property to assess values as often as required; doesn’t audit personal property tax returns or credits

January 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The state Assessments and Taxation Department hasn’t performed regular physical inspections of individual properties to support property assessments as required by state law for “many years,” legislative auditors found. The department also did not audit or review business personal property tax returns or homeowner tax credits, according to an audit report released last month



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