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Social Services Department Won’t Discuss Audit; 13 Corrective Action Plans Issued

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (MDN/KMOX) — Missouri’s Department of Social Services won’t answer our questions on a state audit about how more than 55 million dollars in federal funds are being used.

On Wednesday we told you about a statewide audit which revealed that the department of social services paid out nearly 300,000 dollars to daycare providers for kids that weren’t there.

Calls to the Department of Social Services went unreturned, but an email from a department spokesperson said all questions had to go through the Office of Administration.

The Office of Administration didn’t answer any questions either, but did say 13 corrective action reports from the department stemming from the audit.

The department agreed with state auditor Tom Schweich’s finding that daycares got paid nearly 300,000 dollars for kids that weren’t there.

In the corrective action plans, the department says it is seeking help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to find out what other states are doing to cut down on missing and insufficient documentation.

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