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Who really lost that $3.7 million?

March 26, 2014
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Who really lost that $3.7 million?

Homeless service providers packed a city council hearing last night hoping to defend their reputations after a federal audit required the city to return $3.7 million slated for homeless services. The big payback was not the hearing’s subject—but it’s been front and center in City Hall for months as city officials blame the federal...
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UPDATE: Speed Camera Audit’s Not A Secret Anymore

January 23, 2014
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UPDATE: Speed Camera Audit’s Not A Secret Anymore

The Sun managed to obtain a copy of the heretofore confidential audit of the city’s speed camera vendor, Xerox, and—lo and behold—the error rate reported was not the “less than a quarter of one percent” city officials claimed but 10 percent. The Sun does the math: “The city issued roughly 700,000 speed camera tickets...
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Speed Camera Audit Confidential, Expensive

January 20, 2014
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Speed Camera Audit Confidential, Expensive

Citizens and city officials hoping to see the results of an audit done on Xerox State and Local Solutions, Baltimore City’s former speed camera operator, were disappointed Wednesday when the Law Department asserted that the $278,000 document was confidential. As the Baltimore Sun reported: City Solicitor George Nilson, the administration’s chief lawyer, said releasing...
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State Tax Assessors defy the law because they’re under-staffed

December 20, 2013
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State Tax Assessors defy the law because they’re under-staffed

State property assessors did not physically visit the buildings they assessed, a state audit found, and the State Department of Assessment and Taxation says it doesn’t plan to inspect the state’s 2.1 million properties in the future either, even though the law requires it: The Auditor also notes that the Department has 78 fewer...
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Auditers to Developmental Disabilities Administration: Millions lost due to incompetence, waste

October 15, 2013
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When legislative audits come out, the length tells you how bad it is. At 47 pages, the audit of the Developmental Disabilities Administration doesn’t disappoint. It tells of millions of dollars lost because of amazing procedures that perpetuate waste. DDA, as it is known, is a division of the Department of Health and Mental...
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State Auditors find thousands of Homestead Tax cheats

March 6, 2013
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Legislative auditors who tested the state’s 1.3 million homestead property tax credits found that between 8,400 and 109,000 recipients are not eligible. (The wide range is due to the fact that the auditors examined only 114 properties). Following on reports in the Baltimore Sun more than a year ago, the auditors report (PDF link)...
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Marc Steiner on Auditing the Parks Department

May 15, 2012
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Marc Steiner on Auditing the Parks Department

Those interested in the struggle (and why is this a struggle? Everyone agrees, right?) to get an audit of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks ought to tune in to the Marc Steiner Show tonight at 5 p.m. (less than an hour from now, sorry) on WEAA, 88.9 FM. From Steiner: “Tune...
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DPW to Refund $4.2 Million for Overbills on Water

February 23, 2012
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DPW to Refund $4.2 Million for Overbills on Water

The city will be refunding $4.2 million to residents who were overbilled for water and sewer services for years. The Board of Estimates voted to make the payments Wednesday morning, according to a story in The Baltimore Sun, after receiving an audit of the Department of Public Works Bureau of Water and Waste Water....
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We don’t need no stinkin’ audits: Part 2

April 9, 2009
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TRAC, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, has posted Part 2 of its series on IRS audits–or lack thereof–of large financial-services corporations. On Monday, TRAC (which filed Freedom of Information Act requests and then analyzes the data it receives) showed that the IRS devoted only 15 percent of its big company revenue agents to the...
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We Feed Dead People

December 13, 2007
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The Office of Legislative Audits posted a gem last week: 34 pages examining the checks and balances on the state’s welfare overseers. You can find the whole thing here, but the highlight is this: Food stamps and welfare checks went out to hundreds of deceased recipients for several years. According to the audit, the...
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