Tag Archives: Audits

Transparency can be a charade

What a terrible time for the Oregon Department of Human Services to conceal what it’s doing to improve foster care. The state has paid out millions in settlements for failing to ensure the children in its care were safe. An Oregon Secretary Of State audit found in January that DHS has been “slow, indecisive, and […]
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Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust costs

State auditors question some expenses of Oregon-funded energy non-profit organization. State auditors found some questionable administrative costs — including $26,500 for a holiday party and “employee recognition expenses” — at a state-funded nonprofit that promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust […]
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Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust costs

State auditors found some questionable administrative costs — including $26,500 for a holiday party and “employee recognition expenses” — at a state-funded nonprofit that promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency. Source: Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust costs

Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust costs

State auditors question some expenses of Oregon-funded energy non-profit organization. Source: Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust costs

Editorial: DHS should inform the public about foster care

There are always going to be problems in a foster care system. The challenges foster children have are rarely easily solved. But Oregonians should not have a problem finding out what their government is doing about it. And it can be very difficult to get answers from the Oregon Department of Human Services. Despite the […]
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DHS struggles to fill child welfare jobs

As it works to fill 186 new jobs created by the Legislature, the child welfare division has more than 100 vacancies due to normal attrition. The state’s Department of Human Services has made little progress in filling nearly 300 vacant positions in its child welfare division. Source: DHS struggles to fill child welfare jobs

Commentary: Oregon Secretary of State Reflects on Health Priorities in Office, Shares Brain Cancer Diagnosis

The motto for my administration is taken from the Latin phrase Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus, which translated means: “What shall we give in return for receiving so much?” From day one, my leadership team and I were developing plans and strategies to bring Oregon to a place where accountability, transparency, and integrity are the norm, […]
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Child-welfare workers claim Buehler is opportunist

We are child welfare workers with 28 years of experience. This year, Oregon’s foster-care crisis has rightly been front and center in the gubernatorial campaign between Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler. As child welfare workers, we welcome this renewed focus. Source: Child-welfare workers claim Buehler is opportunist

Reduction in backlog of testing rape kits is praiseworthy

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office announced Wednesday that one of its audits confirmed Oregon State Police crime labs have been successfully reducing their backlog of untested rape kits. It’s good news for victims awaiting results and justice. Source: Reduction in backlog of testing rape kits is praiseworthy

Audit: Oregon crime lab shakeup over rape kit testing reduces backlog

Two years after passing a law requiring Oregon crime labs to process the state’s growing rape-kit backlog, a Secretary of State audit found Oregon State Police’s crime lab is making a significant dent — with 1,100 kits in the backlog compared to 4,900 kits in 2015. Source: Audit: Oregon crime lab shakeup over rape kit testing reduces […]
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