“In January 2011, DHH eliminated all but one internal audit position. In February, the one remaining auditor retired, leaving no internal audit function at all at the end of Fiscal Year 2011.
“Each year, in the Appropriations Act, the Legislature requires agencies with budgets in excess of $30 million to use existing positions for internal audit services.
“Considering DHH has over $650 million in assets and over $7 billion in annual revenue, an effective internal audit function is critical to safeguard state assets and operations.”
—Wes Gooch, audit manager for the Legislative Auditor’s Office, in testimony before the Legislative Audit Advisory Council on Feb. 21.
“I am outraged that a member of our staff would allegedly willfully misuse public funds that were intended for health care services.”
—DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein, in a prepared statement Friday after it was learned that a DHH employee in the Bureau of Health Care Integrity is suspected of misappropriating $800,000 in DHH funds.