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Md. Transit Admin. plagued by cost-control problems

March 10th, 2015 | by Charlie Hayward

Since 2005, the Maryland Transit Administration, or MTA, has fallen short of the goal to bring in 35 cents in fares for every dollar spent. While state law mandates the goal and tasks the MTA to control costs while keeping fares low, the Office of Legislative Audits just reported a litany of cost-containment controls the transit agency failed to exercise

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

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