Commonwealth Magazine: Special needs misspending found
August 31, 2011
Auditor Suzanne Bump today released her audit of the embattled Merrimack Special Education Collaborative (MSEC), along with audits of the Southeastern Massachusetts Education Collaborative (SMEC) and READS Collaborative. The audits found serious problems with the management and finances of the three collaboratives, ranging from poor accounting practices to violations of state law. The audits indicate the problems are not confined to just one collaborative, and may require changes in regulatory oversight.
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Springfield Republican: Easthampton's Northeast Center for Youth and Families cited for $1.2 million in misspent funds
August 25, 2011 - The following content was originally published by the Springfield Republican.
An Easthampton social service agency that provides programs for about 600 troubled youth is being cited for overbilling, paying excessive employee bonuses and using state money to pay operating losses it incurred in Connecticut.
State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump announced Thursday at her Western Massachusetts office in Chicopee that she is calling for Northeast Center for Youth and Families Inc. to repay about $1.2 million in misspent funds.
The Salem News: Accounting flaws found at NSCAP
August 11, 2011
Shoddy accounting practices at North Shore Community Action Programs Inc. may have cost taxpayers thousands of dollars, according to a state audit released this week.
The audit, which covers July 1, 2007 through the end of 2009, found that the publicly funded social services agency could not account for $627,000 in costs such as salaries and property expenses, because those expenses were not documented correctly.
According to the audit, NSCAP allocated a certain percentage of its expenses to each of its various state-funded programs, but there doesn't appear to be a clear written plan for how or why it allocated certain amounts. Further, NSCAP never got state permission to use that particular accounting method and bucked state guidelines by allocating budgeted, not actual, expenses to its programs.