A note from IRG CIO Director Anthony LoCoco:
—A report by the Legislative Audit Bureau shows that the process of awarding grants was flawed. The DHS did not always obtain the necessary documentation and failed to lay out a written procedure for reviewing amounts requested. In one case, for example, a nursing home was given $322,600 in grants which had not provided proof of its losses due to COVID.
—The report also shows that the DHS failed to adequately track nearly $39M worth of ventilators which resulted in missing six ventilators worth a total of $122,300. DHS failed to take proper inventory, track the maintenance of the ventilators, and set up a plan for the future use of the expensive equipment.
—The report ends with a plea for public oversight: “Requiring DHS to publicly report this information would provide increased transparency of the results of OIG’s efforts for ensuring integrity in the programs DHS administers and DHS’s internal operations.”