JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – An audit has found that the Missouri Department of Social Services mistakenly paid more than $19 million to child care facilities to subsidize low-income families and should refund the federal government.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the funds distributed through federal grants didn’t meet the government’s requirements for record-keeping.
The November audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General looked at a sample of 128 months of subsidized child care reports between 2013 and 2015. The audit found that all but four of those months contained inadequate attendance records.
Subsidized child care is funded through Social Security and state and federal block grants for low-income families who are in school, working or seeking employment.
The Social Services Department disputes the refund amount and says it’s conducting its own review.