Baltimore city has approved $6.2 million in questionable payments meant to help poor families pay their energy bills, including grants to three dozen households that aren't even in the city, according to a new audit.
WASHINGTON — A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government for $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation.
A Baltimore County woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing close to $10,000 from the Orems Elementary School PTA during the time that she was the group's president. The woman, Christine Samuels, 43, of Essex, was featured in an article in The Baltimore Sun on Sunday in which she spoke about trying to save two of her sons from heroin addiction as well as her own continuing struggles with drugs.
As members of the Maryland General Assembly wrangle over budget cuts and deficits, it's tempting to think that there's a quick fix to the state's fiscal problems. But what if there was a way for the state of Maryland to save money that didn't involve raising taxes, fees or surcharges, didn't require cutting programs and maybe could fund new initiatives?
State auditors have commended Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration for correcting years of recurring spending problems and said the agency had made "substantial progress" in collecting federal reimbursements more quickly.
State auditors are criticizing Maryland's health department for the way it hired a contractor to replace the system used to process Medicaid payments — and later having to suspend work with the company.
A Maryland Transit Administration employee steered a $200,000 contract to a company owned by the employee's spouse before being fired in 2012, a state audit found. The transaction was among $6.3 million in contracts overseen by the manager called into question by the audit.
To Medicare and ACA reformers, quality and value are broken down into discrete measurements that must be entered into a computer exactly as Medicare dictates. Failure to do so could lead to crippling fines. I have been audited twice already in the past year, with more audits to come. No wonder patients must face doctors who stare at computer screens and do not have time to listen. That is the result of the ACA's quest for value.
Maryland regulators are still having trouble keeping tabs on how many rental housing units have hazardous lead paint, state auditors have found, even as the number of homes and apartments they must oversee to protect children from lead poisoning expands dramatically.
State regulators said Thursday that they will be closely following Thursday's bankruptcy filing by a cash-strapped division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. to ensure that operations at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore remain stable.
Harford County government officials plan to spend $6.75 million during the current fiscal year to finance an early retirement incentive for 100 county employees, an incentive that includes several one-time payouts and health insurance subsidies for those who take early retirement.
Dear Larry — I hope I can still call you Larry, at least until you're sworn in. You grew up in Beltsville, in my district. Your father and mine were friends back in the 1960's. I didn't vote you for you, but I'm convinced you're sincere about wanting to hold down state spending without rolling back all the progress Maryland has made in recent years. I've got a few ideas for reforms that I think can win bipartisan support — and save big money. First, a few don'ts: three
State auditors say the University of Maryland, College Park's campus network remains vulnerable to hacking even after a massive data breach revealed security flaws in February, in part because some gaps identified five years ago remain.
Baltimore's liquor board, slammed in a 2013 state audit for mismanagement, now has computer spreadsheets to keep track of fines and fees. It is requiring all applications to be notarized. And employees are required to formally disclose any conflict of interest, according to a report the board is delivering to the legislature Tuesday.
The Maryland Insurance Administration has cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue in recent years by failing to properly collect taxes on insurance premiums, according to a state audit released this week.
A state legislative audit released Friday found that the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore could not account for a $25,000 grant payment made to its foundation, prompting the auditor to refer the matter to the Attorney General's Criminal Division.
Harford County's residents will be voting on two local ballot questions this election, one to permit expanded audits of county agencies and the other to make deputy directors at-will employees and which has generated controversy.
The state legislative auditing report found that Anne Arundel and Carroll community college were carrying million-dollar, unrestricted-fund deficits in Fiscal Year 2013 due in part to shortfalls in their retirement benefit coffers.
The chief financial officer of Prince George's County public schools and his wife resigned Monday, three days after The Baltimore Sun revealed that the Maryland Insurance Administration found that the couple committed insurance fraud.
The Maryland Insurance Administration has ruled White and his wife, Keisha, who works as an internal auditor for the school system, committed insurance fraud by filing a claim for a lost diamond ring that another insurer had already paid $16,313 to replace months earlier.
Owners of two Harford County rental housing communities for primarily low-income residents could be allowed to make payments to the county that would substitute for conventional property taxes, according to proposals under consideration by the county council.
The officials who are responsible for safeguarding the nation's intelligence secrets are trying to figure out how to better vet millions of employees and contractors with security clearances, after auditors found that some of those workers owed more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in unpaid taxes.
Federal auditors looking into Maryland's flawed health insurance exchange are subpoenaing documents as part of their probe and have sought information from the lead contractor hired by the state to build the site.
Morgan State University continues to have problems managing the largest federal research program in its history and will face financial penalties from the organization that oversees the program, according to documents released this week.
The Office of Legislative Audits found that the individual who prepared deposits and bank reconciliations for the Register of Wills also performed deposit verifications, in violation of the Comptroller's guidelines.
The Social Security Administration is overhauling its internal anti-discrimination program after federal auditors found that the agency failed to establish an adequate system for handling claims from employees.
Maryland's Board of Public Works, a panel that includes the governor and other top state officials, did little to scrutinize millions in contracts it awarded in recent years to the financially strapped operator of a group home where a 10-year-old boy died this month, records show.