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

March 25, 2014

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. [...more]

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Bill would provide more information on Md. government contracts

February 21, 2014

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. [...more]

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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 22, 2014

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. [...more]

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Taxpayer’s foot $220,000 bill for senior expo at National Harbor

November 5, 2013

The Maryland Department of Aging spent nearly $220,000 in taxpayer dollars last year to host a three-day senior expo and conference at National Harbor that private sponsors and attendees were supposed to pay for, according to an audit. It took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, and the four diamond resort was picked without competitive bidding -- a choice the audit said resulted in higher costs because it is one of the most expensive venues in the area. Money for the expo had not been appropriated in the Department of Aging’s budget. [...more]

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Whistle blower at disabilities agency fired by O’Malley-Brown administration, she alleges

October 31, 2013

For two years, has been covering the financial problems with the Developmental Disabilities Administration. The following story by Mark Newgent was published Wednesday evening on Watchdog Wire-Maryland. Rather than just linking to it, we are publishing it in its entirety as it uses court documents to describe corruption and fraud at DDA as alleged by a whistle blower later fired. [...more]

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Analysis: Audits show problems have plagued Md. Developmental Disabilities Admin. for years

October 23, 2013

Developmental Disabilities Administration failed to collect millions, overpaid contractors, didn’t reconcile costs, made questionable vehicle purchases, and adjusted accounting records without explanation. The problems are so bad and so persistent that an outside turnaround consultant has been hired to help fix them. [...more]

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Problems with financial statements in Md. towns, auditors find; Hyattsville, Sykesville, Baltimore cited

October 2, 2013

Some local governments in Maryland are having difficulty preparing adequate financial statements and getting good audit results, state auditors found. The Office of Legislative Audits found five governments failed to obtain audits, and 64 instances of defective accountability. either in accounting or auditing. The high number of problems indicates substantial room for improving financial accountability in Maryland’s counties, cities and towns. [...more]

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Audit finds state tax information not always verified, refund checks not controlled, sensitive taxpayer information not protected

September 10, 2013

The agency that collects most Maryland taxes had lax controls over granting tax credits and refund checks, and in one case issued a $101,000 refund that wasn’t due, state auditors found. The comptroller’s Revenue Administration Division also had computer programming errors and did not adequately protect sensitive taxpayer information, according to an audit report. [...more]

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Auditors found Frostburg State failed to get proper approval or competitive bid for $2M energy facility

August 28, 2013

Frostburg State University paid for construction of a $2 million Sustainable Energy Research Facility without documenting the reason for its site-selection decision, without obtaining required approvals from the Board of Public Works or the university system, and without requiring the developer to competitively bid construction, according to an audit released Wednesday. [...more]

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State tech agency lacked controls over $158M federally funded broadband project, audit finds

August 26, 2013

The Department of Information Technology did not maintain adequate internal controls in managing a $158 million project to upgrade and expand Maryland’s high-speed fiber optics infrastructure that was funded predominantly by federal stimulus dollars, state auditors found. [...more]

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