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Auditor General calls for more oversight of state program

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 1, 2013 1:10 PM

The Commonwealth's auditor general is calling for more oversight of the programs that help victims of crimes get compensation.

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According to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, offices approved payroll without time sheets or leave documents, and didn't do the proper checks to make sure the information lined up.

The audit found problems primarily in 2010 and 2011, when more than 50-million dollars went to victim service programs.

DePasquale says many of the recommendations he made are simple, and should make a difference.

"We believe that by the next time we go in and do the audit, we are confident that they'll be in a significantly better place than they are right now."

Auditor General DePasquale says he didn't get any push back on the audit.

"It was comforting that they recognized the problem as well after the audit and they didn't resist it. But look, we also recognize it's a big state and there's a lot of these networks out there, and they know that they just need to do a better job on the monitoring."

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency agreed with nearly all of the Auditor General's findings and recommendations.

They include developing written policies for monitoring at offices, more formal training, and more supervision.



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