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Audit raises questions of school board

February 4th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

According to a letter from the Maryland Department of Legislative Service’s Office of Audits- the Allegany County Board of Education failed to adequately address 11 of 16 findings discovered in a 2007 audit. According to the letter, in 2007 a number of suggestions were made to the board designed to improve procedures and controls in fiscal operations.  Among the findings in ’07 were: a need to enhance internal controls and accountability in payroll processing;  the board was significantly behind in  processing its Medicaid reimbursement requests; consistent deficits in food service operations; and  a need to better address procurement matters and the use of credit cards. A 2012 audit showed that of the 16 findings, a total of 11 remain an issue. Allegany County Board of Education Director of Finance Randy Bittinger was a guest on WCBC’s “Dave Norman Show”  to discuss the issue Monday morning. He was quick to point out that the issues raised by the state audit are simply suggestions- and they come with no penalty attached for not adhering to them.  He added that often times it’s a case of the Department recommending the local system taking steps that exceed the existing state measures

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