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Audit Report, Department of Human Resources, Maryland, January 2011

Audit Report, Department of Human Resources, Maryland, January 2011

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Our audit disclosed that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) disallowed certain DHR grant expenditures totaling $9.6 million; consequently, these expenditures were paid with State general funds. In addition, procedures had not been established to ensure that payments made to legal firms on behalf of indigent individuals were proper. Furthermore, DHR did not adequately monitor its grantees to ensure that the funds were spent and services were performed in accordance with the grant agreements.

Our audit also disclosed that DHR circumvented the procurement process to purchase computers costing $850,000. Finally, various internal control weaknesses and other procedural deficiencies were noted in the areas of cash receipts, information systems security and control, and equipment.

Audit Report
Department of Human Resources
Office of the Secretary and Related Units
Office of Legislative Audits, Baltimore, Maryland
January 2011
Our audit disclosed that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) disallowed certain DHR grant expenditures totaling $9.6 million; consequently, these expenditures were paid with State general funds. In addition, procedures had not been established to ensure that payments made to legal firms on behalf of indigent individuals were proper. Furthermore, DHR did not adequately monitor its grantees to ensure that the funds were spent and services were performed in accordance with the grant agreements.

Our audit also disclosed that DHR circumvented the procurement process to purchase computers costing $850,000. Finally, various internal control weaknesses and other procedural deficiencies were noted in the areas of cash receipts, information systems security and control, and equipment.

Audit Report
Department of Human Resources
Office of the Secretary and Related Units
Office of Legislative Audits, Baltimore, Maryland
January 2011

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Audit Report
Department of Human ResourcesOffice of the Secretary and Related Units
January 2011
O
FFICE OF
L
EGISLATIVE
A
UDITS
 
D
EPARTMENT OF
L
EGISLATIVE
S
ERVICES
 M
ARYLAND
G
ENERAL
A
SSEMBLY
 
 
 
 
This report and any related follow-up correspondence are available to the public through the Officeof Legislative Audits at 301 West Preston Street, Room 1202, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. TheOffice may be contacted by telephone at 410-946-5900, 301-970-5900, or 1-877-486-9964.
 
Electronic copies of our audit reports can be viewed or downloaded from our website athttp://www.ola.state.md.us.
 
Alternate formats may be requested through the Maryland Relay Service at 1-800-735-2258.
 
The Department of Legislative Services – Office of the Executive Director, 90 State Circle,Annapolis, Maryland 21401 can also assist you in obtaining copies of our reports and relatedcorrespondence. The Department may be contacted by telephone at 410-946-5400 or 301-970-5400.
 
 
D
EPARTMENT OF
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EGISLATIVE
S
ERVICES
 
O
FFICE OF
L
EGISLATIVE
A
UDITS
 M
ARYLAND
G
ENERAL
A
SSEMBLY
 
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Bruce A. Myers, CPA
Executive Director Legislative Auditorxxx
Senator Verna L. Jones, Co-Chair, Joint Audit CommitteeDelegate Steven J. DeBoy, Sr., Co-Chair, Joint Audit CommitteeMembers of Joint Audit CommitteeAnnapolis, MarylandLadies and Gentlemen:We have audited the Office of the Secretary and related units of the Department of Human Resources (DHR) for the period beginning March 1, 2007 and endingNovember 16, 2009. DHR provides intervention services to stabilize families andvulnerable adults, encourages financial independence by providing temporary supportand transition services, and provides for the welfare of children at risk.Our audit disclosed that the United States Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS) disallowed certain DHR grant expenditures totaling $9.6 million;consequently, these expenditures were paid with State general funds. In addition,procedures had not been established to ensure that payments made to legal firms onbehalf of indigent individuals were proper. Furthermore, DHR did not adequatelymonitor its grantees to ensure that the funds were spent and services were performed inaccordance with the grant agreements.Our audit also disclosed that DHR circumvented the procurement process to purchasecomputers costing $850,000. Finally, various internal control weaknesses and otherprocedural deficiencies were noted in the areas of cash receipts, information systemssecurity and control, and equipment.An executive summary of our findings can be found on page 5. DHR’s response to thisaudit is included as an appendix to this report. We wish to acknowledge thecooperation extended to us during the course of this audit by DHR.Respectfully submitted,Bruce A. Myers, CPALegislative AuditorJanuary 11, 2011

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