State Auditor Hoffer: 2022 12 months in Assessment

State Auditor Hoffer: 2022 12 months in Assessment

by Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer As 2022 ends, I wished to take inventory of the work my workplace has accomplished over the course of the yr.
 
The mission of my workplace is to carry State authorities accountable by ensuring packages are working successfully and that State authorities is working effectively. I’m pleased to supply this transient abstract of our efforts this yr in your behalf.

  • Our audit of the Company of Human Service’s COVID well being care supplier grant program uncovered $7 million of ineligible funds.  Examples included: one supplier overstated its want by $1.5 million by submitting duplicate bills, one supplier did not report $700,000 it had already acquired to cowl the identical monetary want, and two suppliers paid out $1.3 million in bonuses in violation of federal guidelines.
  • Our audit of the Legal Justice Council’s regulation enforcement officer coaching oversight revealed that some regulation enforcement businesses couldn’t show their officers had been receiving the quantity and kind of coaching required by state regulation. The Council is utilizing our suggestions to overtake its system which is able to promote higher educated officers and, thus, public security.
  • Offered a report to the Legislature figuring out $16.3 million in potential financial savings to the state staff’ well being care plan with none profit reductions. Although neither the Legislature nor the Administration made any effort to pursue the matter in 2022, we hope the anticipated 11.45% premium will increase will immediate motion in 2023.
  • Our audit of the Division of Environmental Conservation’s Dam Security Program discovered that many dams aren’t receiving required inspections, even when they’re in dangerous form and their failure may result in lack of life or main property harm. After we shared our preliminary findings with the Division, $2.3 million was added to their finances for dam security.
  • Our audit of the Division of Corrections’ inmate grievance course of discovered that the Division doesn’t have an efficient system, which jeopardizes the life, well being, and security of employees and incarcerated people. An ineffective system additionally prevents administration from uncovering issues at their amenities or with particular employees.
  • Quantified for the primary time the whole effort Vermont state authorities has made lately to fight homelessness.
  • On the request of Governor Scott, we audited the Division of Labor following the discharge  of Vermonters’ private info like social safety numbers, biographical particulars, and work historical past. The audit discovered quite a few weaknesses which expose Vermonters’ to nefarious hackers and fraudsters.
  • Issued an evaluation of the state’s efficiency measurement system, highlighting the various enhancements wanted to make it helpful to residents to carry their authorities accountable.
  • Testified in quite a few legislative committees, leading to actions that lowered the danger of improperly spending tens of thousands and thousands of federal funding.

Within the coming months we’ll be releasing further audits and reviews masking a spread of subjects – from ensuring our broadband funds are effectively spent to defending Vermonters residing in assisted residing and residential care houses. 
 
I want you a cheerful 2023.

www.auditor.vermont.gov 1.2.2023

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