Mo. DSS Audit Raises Red Flag

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri auditor’s office is questioning the handling of a performance review for part of the Department of Social Services.

Two people who helped complete the review of the Program Integrity Unit were paid through DSS, although they reported to the state Office of Administration.

The state department spent about $139,000 over two years, according to the state audit, and auditors said it appeared the workers should not have been paid through DSS.

The Program Integrity Unit checks to make sure rules are followed in the state Medicaid program.

The Social Services Department says it had requested the performance review for the Program Integrity Unit and wanted the evaluators to be independent.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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