Audit Washington paid too much for child care

first_imgA new state audit finds that the state of Washington made more than $2.6 million in overpayments to child care providers employed by the Working Connections Child Care Program between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.In addition, the state Auditor’s Office questioned the legitimacy of more than $241,000 in other payments and concluded that the agencies that administer Working Connections have inadequate controls to detect fraud and report errors. Working Connections is administered by the Department of Early Learning and the Department of Social and Health Services. It helps low-income families pay for child care while they work, look for work or attend job training as required by WorkFirst, a state public assistance program.In 2010, approximately 60,000 children were enrolled in the program for either full-day or half-day care. That year, the program paid more than $300 million to nearly 19,000 providers, including 7,400 who were licensed or certified by the Department of Early Learning.Auditors compared daily child care attendance records with paid invoices for 146 providers, including one provider in Clark County who received a $95 overpayment. Overpayments resulted from a variety of mistakes, including providers’ failure to keep records, theft of records, and too many days claimed by providers. Some records were missing a parent signature or contained invalid signatures.last_img

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