The Missouri Department of Social Services is the target of most of the criticism in state Auditor Tom Schweich’s latest audit of all state spending fueled with federal money.
Schweich’s report, released Monday, states that the department has failed to fix a problem cited in the last three audits. Auditors had determined that the Department of Social Services has failed to document that some low-income families are eligible for the federal aid they’ve been receiving.
Two days of hearings are underway by an interim House committee looking into how well state agencies in Missouri are delivering services to their clients.
The hearings began with a critique of the Missouri Department of Social Services. Dan Amsden with the group Spending Oversight Council testified that DSS officials are doing a poor job of preventing non-eligible people from receiving welfare benefits, and of tracking those who no longer need them.
State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) said the Early Childhood Development, Education and Care Fund provided more than $170,000 to three child care facilities that failed to open or expand their facilities as planned.
Alan Freeman is stepping down as Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, after only five months on the job.
Last December, Freeman left his job as President and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers in St. Louis to take over the state's Social Services department. A press release from Governor Nixon's office states that Freeman is leaving to return to his former position at Grace Hill. No reason was given for the decision.