The state Department of Health and Human Services will expand its Office of Internal Audit from eight to 40 employees, DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos announced Wednesday.
"The staffing for the Office of Internal Audit has not kept up with the growth of the Department and its budget," Wos said in a Wednesday press release. "In light of recent challenges in the Department, particularly with unexpected shortfalls in Medicaid, DHHS is improving internal accountability and oversight to ensure the most efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars."
The Office of Internal Audit evaluates different areas in DHHS, examining information as directed by the department’s secretary.
The department will shift existing vacancies into the internal audit division, so the expansion will not create any new jobs.
The department is usually a year or more behind on auditing “key program areas,” which affects decision-making by department leaders, the press release stated. The head of the Office of Internal Audit, Chet Spruill, is developing a plan for how the division’s responsibilities will change.
The newly quintupled staff will advise in development of performance measures, decide what problem areas need special attention and then evaluate those areas, and analyze previous financial audits, with the aiming of finding fraud, waste and abuse of power.