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(WA)Agency accused of hindering audit
Seattle Times ^ | 12-14-04 | Nick Perry & Jonathan Martin

Posted on 12/14/2004 7:59:19 AM PST by truth49

Edited on 08/21/2014 2:17:12 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

State Auditor Brian Sonntag says he cannot properly account for any of Medicaid's $6.1 billion annual budget in Washington because the program's employees deliberately obstructed an official audit. Sonntag plans to "disclaim" the entire state Medicaid system in a highly critical audit his office expects to release within two weeks. A disclaimed audit means the auditor did not get enough information to reach an opinion, because the information was either withheld or non-existent.


(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: audit; dino; dinorossi; dshs; eff; fraud; medicaid; rossi; stateauditor

1 posted on 12/14/2004 7:59:20 AM PST by truth49
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To: truth49

See Also:

State auditor denied access to state records
http://www.effwa.org/highlighters/v14_n20.php

DSHS response to the 2003 Statewide Audit in its own words
http://www.effwa.org/highlighters/v14_n8.php

State's fraud investigators need refuge from politics
http://www.effwa.org/highlighters/v14_n30.php

State audit oversight: Legislature's deafening silence
http://www.effwa.org/highlighters/v14_n10.php

Time running out for day care prosecutors
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/5879899p-5792424c.html

EFF files federal complaint against DSHS
http://www.effwa.org/press_releases/2004_06_10.php

DSHS: "No doubt there is fraud throughout the state..."
http://www.effwa.org/press_releases/2004_07_22.php


2 posted on 12/14/2004 8:02:16 AM PST by truth49
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To: truth49

GASP! How could this happen in a state run by enlightened Kerry voters??


4 posted on 12/14/2004 8:07:30 AM PST by pabianice
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To: truth49

If Dino makes it I sense a roast coming on...8-)


5 posted on 12/14/2004 8:10:05 AM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: Lancer_N3502A

Denied access to records sounds like the dims took a page out of JF___SKERY"S book


6 posted on 12/14/2004 8:17:03 AM PST by snowman1
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To: truth49
Braddock blamed the dispute on the poor computer system

When in doubt, blame the machine.

7 posted on 12/14/2004 8:18:47 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Baynative

Sometimes it feels like we live in a cesspool!


8 posted on 12/14/2004 8:52:25 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: truth49

"Braddock said yesterday there may be legitimate reasons for apparent payments to dead people. For example, a woman who doesn't have a Social Security number could be registered in Medicaid's system under her deceased husband's number, he said."

Umm... If the woman is receiving payments I would expect that she would be required to file a tax return. To do that I would think that she would need a social security number.

The legitimate reason doesn't seem to add up.

It sounds like this program needs to be under new leadership, and if they don't clean up the problem quickly, then the Federal funds should be withheld.

Our tax dollars shouldn't continue to be handed out by people who refuse to be held accountable.


9 posted on 12/14/2004 9:00:11 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: CyberCowboy777


10 posted on 12/14/2004 10:52:52 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: truth49

This is horrendous.

It revives the old question of DSHS being so large and cumbersome that it isn't properly overseen. I contend that if Washington were able to attract quality Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries to all key posts and retain them, this problem would be vastly shaved down. However, we are not able to keep top-notch Secretaries long-term due the several factors (politics being the main one).

When things deteriorate to the point of gross mismanagement such as listed above, and other bad fruit, such as children dying because their case workers didn't see the threat to their lives (as happens far too often under DSHS "oversight"), then it is past time for the Legislature to dismantle this behemoth.

Rossi: when you get the third certified win (assuming that you do), go after this monstrosity.


11 posted on 12/14/2004 11:27:25 AM PST by GretchenM (Because the wicked never stop, the righteous must work even harder.)
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To: truth49

For example, a woman who doesn't have a Social Security number..... Can this happen in 2005???


12 posted on 12/14/2004 12:21:36 PM PST by Safetgiver (Mud slung is ground lost.)
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To: CyberCowboy777


13 posted on 12/15/2004 10:24:26 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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14 posted on 12/15/2004 10:27:24 AM PST by CyberCowboy777 (Zip it Hippie! - http://www.casualconservative.com/)
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To: truth49

Thank you for this post. Will read later.


15 posted on 12/15/2004 10:33:49 AM PST by Vicki (Truth and Reality)
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To: truth49

Interesting that the article doesn't mention the million missing Vicodin pills...


16 posted on 12/15/2004 11:36:18 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks (Go Ahead. Mace just makes me even more excited.)
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To: truth49

BIGTIME BUMP!!!

So how much of this fraud is taking place exclusively in King County?

Enquiring minds want to know....


17 posted on 12/15/2004 11:38:45 AM PST by Bean Counter
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To: truth49

Brian Sonntag is the only Democrat I voted for this year. (well, it helped that his Republican opponent was a conviced felon who only got on the ballot because nobody else filed)

He's a standup guy who does a good job and is constantly fighting with his own party on things like this and performance audits.


18 posted on 12/15/2004 11:56:37 AM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: truth49

Recount:

Definitaion:
When Democrats hold a Circle Jerk while listening to the Benny Hill theme song...


19 posted on 12/15/2004 11:58:08 AM PST by MD_Willington_1976
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To: truth49

I added the keywords for Rossi, because I see this as reason #1 why we need Dino...


20 posted on 12/15/2004 12:01:47 PM PST by JosefK (If you have tips on election theft attempts - please call 425.646.7202 (Rossi HQ))
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To: zbigreddogz

I concur, with regard to Sonntag. Everything I've ever heard about him is that he is a great public servant with a fine reputation.

He's the only democrat that I voted for as well.


21 posted on 12/15/2004 3:00:24 PM PST by Ramius (You're just full of surprises, Mister Baggins...")
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To: truth49
My brother's spreadsheet on my site has been updated to reflect the latest round of "found" votes, and (GET THIS)our mathematical projections show a
1 vote victory for Gregoire if they're included.

Get the latest spreadsheet (or check out an updated screenshot) at http://www.murdoconline.net/archives/001821.html
22 posted on 12/15/2004 3:54:10 PM PST by murdocj (Murdoc Online - Everyone is entitled to my opinion (http://www.murdoconline.net))
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To: GretchenM; sionnsar
Regarding DSHS

Rossi: when you get the third certified win (assuming that you do), go after this monstrosity.

He personally told me he would do just that.

23 posted on 12/16/2004 10:28:08 AM PST by LibreOuMort ("...But as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry)
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