Audit finds delays, lack of oversight in state procurement upgrades under Hogan
A new audit revealed various deficiencies in the Maryland Office of State Procurement under former Gov. Larry Hogan.
Audit blasts Maryland 529 plans’ handling of documents, uncashed checks
The Maryland agency charged with overseeing the state’s college savings plans left hundreds of documents and millions of dollars unaccounted for and failed to properly document steps it took to investigate those problems, a critical legislative audit released Monday said. The audit also called for a forensic investigation of Maryland 529’s handling of the Maryland […]
Audit: University of Baltimore left student database open
The University of Baltimore improperly left a database with students' social security numbers unprotected and separately lost $22,600 when a vendor overcharged the university, an audit found.
Audit: Md. Judiciary failed to document, limit access to contracts
The Maryland Judiciary, whose judges often go to great lengths in explaining their legal decisions, failed to document sufficiently why it awarded $26 million in service contracts between July 2012 and December 2015, according to legislative auditors. The Office of Legislative Audits also said the Judiciary did not sufficiently limit the number of people with […]
Auditor: Md. Cannabis Commission improperly hired Towson U consultants
Maryland taxpayers may have been over-charged by a Towson University consulting firm hired to review and evaluate applications for licenses under the state's medical cannabis program.
Md. agencies maintained technology ‘slush funds’
A decades-old agreement allowing telecommunications companies to share state-owned towers turned into an off-the-books slush fund that handled millions of dollars without oversight, state auditors say. A report issued by the Office of Legislative Audits found discrepancies with 10 so-called resource sharing agreements with three state agencies — Department of Information Technology, Maryland Sta[...]
Audit: St. Mary’s College didn’t protect data
Maryland state auditors say St. Mary’s College of Maryland didn’t adequately protect sensitive personal information belonging to some students and employees and monitor some vendor payments closely enough. The public college also overpaid a retiring employee by about $10,000 after improperly calculating the employee’s accumulated personal leave time, according to a report released Thursday b[...]
Md. health exchange audit could complicate future lawsuits
A legislative audit of the failed Maryland Health Benefits Exchange that was expected to be complete by the end of the year could influence the state’s ability to sue other vendors. That draft of initial findings by the Office of Legislative Audits, which was seen by the Office of the Attorney General, apparently pointed in […]
State hospital overcharged for medicine, audit says
Lax verification procedures at a state-run hospital and nursing home in Hagerstown allowed the facility to be overcharged by $25,639 for pharmaceutical products, according to a state audit report released Thursday. Staff at the Western Maryland Hospital Center didn’t consistently cross-check the medication that was delivered and invoiced against the orders written by physicians and […[...]
Audit faults Md. health exchange on procurement, security
The Maryland Health Benefit exchange violated its procurement policies, didn’t obey the state’s Open Meetings Act and failed to adequately safeguard equipment and electronic personal information, according to a report released by state auditors Friday. Maryland’s Office of Legislative Audits examined the exchange from its inception on June 1, 2011 through July 23, 2014. Auditors [...]
Audit: Md. college savings plan lax on tracking uncashed checks
A state agency that oversees college investment accounts failed to determine in a timely fashion if some of the accounts had been abandoned by their owners and to properly protect sensitive personal information, according to a report by the Office of Legislative Audits. The audit released Monday found that the College Savings Plan of Maryland […]
State audit questions distribution of unclaimed slots money
A state audit released Monday raised questions about how the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency distributed more than $700,000 in unclaimed video slots proceeds. That issue was among the five findings by the Office of Legislative Audits. The report also raised concerns about the security of the agency's computer network as well as its failure to publicly publish notification of the a[...]