Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Editorials

March 28, 2012

Problems persist

Little change seen by audit of oversight of federal funds

ASHLAND — Auditor Adam Edelen’s biggest problem with his office’s newest report on oversight of federal grants provided to state agencies is that it reads too much like previous reports.

Edelen Tuesday released an annual financial review that found recurring shortcomings in oversight of federal grants.

“Many of the findings in the audit are repeat findings from past years and that is disappointing,” Edelen said in a statement. “I urge those to carefully consider the recommendations to ensure compliance with federal grant requirements.”

When the same problems keep popping up in audits, it is a clear indication that the audits are not being taken seriously and that problems  revealed by the audits are not being corrected. That’s a rather clear indication of poor management of federal funds and how they are being spent by state government.

The review by Edelen’s office found “serious” weaknesses in oversight of federal funding to the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Edelen released the second part of an annual state audit that showed instances in which state agencies hadn’t properly monitored how portions of the $11 billion in federal funds were spent in 2011.

“Kentucky has a responsibility to adequately oversee the expenditure of federal dollars directed at the Commonwealth,” Edelen said. “The failure to do so jeopardizes the continued availability of much-needed resources in the state and increases the risk for waste and abuse of taxpayers’ money.”

The audit noted nine “significant deficiencies” in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and questioned the agency’s oversight contracts in the Department for Medicaid Services, a $6 billion program that provides health care for low-income Kentuckians.

“I’m particularly concerned about the failure of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to properly monitor and enforce its contracts with third-party contractors,” Edelen said. “Government can outsource its functions but not its oversight responsibility.”

With rising Medicaid costs straining the state budget, it is critical that money spent on Medicaid be spent wisely. But it apparently is not so critical to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that it did not do more to correct it the problems revealed in the last audit conducted when Crit Luallen was auditor.

The bottom line is this: At a time when both the federal and state budgets are being cut, money is being wasted and problems are not being corrected. That needs to stop. Good management of tax dollars is more important than ever.

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Positive trend

    For those adults who have a low opinion of American teenagers, Uncle Sam’s latest study of worrisome behavior among teens provides some good news: Teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. Most forms of drug use, weapons use and risky sex also are declining — and have been since 1991, the year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first started surveying teens about  their behavior.

    July 24, 2014

  • Research's value

    In pushing for a higher education reform bill in the late 1990s, former Gov. Paul Patton set an ambitious goal of having the University of Kentucky become a Top 20 research university by 2020. UK has yet to accomplish that goal, but UK and the University of Louisville both have made great advances in research in recent years.

    July 24, 2014

  • Deadline is near

    People with Kentucky driver’s licenses may soon be required to show a passport or some other accepted form of federal identification to enter “restricted” or “semi-restricted” areas of federal facilities, including federal courthouses, military bases, federal prisons and a wide range of other federal offices.

    July 23, 2014

  • Issue is safety

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has recommended softball  “players at first base, third base and pitcher utilize the permissive requirement in the playing rules and wear face/head protection.”

    July 23, 2014

  • More difficult

    In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.

    May 22, 2014

  • Primary election sends messages

    The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.

    May 21, 2014

  • Click it or Ticket

    "Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.

    May 21, 2014

  • Top trooper

    Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.

    May 20, 2014

  • 05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State

    Local news

    May 18, 2014

  • 0518greene.jpeg Greene-Lounsberry

    John and Eva Greene of Greenup are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacey Nicole Greene, to Jonathan Wesley Lounsberry.

    May 18, 2014 1 Photo