Audit

needle exchange sign
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An audit requested by a West Virginia mayor who said a needle exchange program had caused an increase of dirty needles in public places has recommended the suspension of the program's certification.

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A top official in Gov. Jim Justice's administration says most of West Virginia's government agencies submitted needed audit information late, which has resulted in financial sanctions on the state's colleges and universities.

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An audit of the WVOASIS system says the state has wasted millions of dollars on consultants for the computer operating system.

The legislative audit was released to lawmakers during an interim committee meeting Tuesday. 

Department of Education

A legislative audit of the state’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies says that while many of the services they provide are important, the independent agencies themselves are no longer necessary. 

John Sylvia, Director of the legislative auditor’s Performance Evaluation and Research Division, presented the report during interim meetings Tuesday. 

West Virginia State Capitol
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Auditors have concluded that at least four state legislative employees were either paid for days they did not work or took days off without submitting the proper leave time.

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West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer will resign from his position earlier than expected.

Longtime State Auditor Glen Gainer announced Thursday he will be stepping down from his position on May 14 to take a job with a Virginia-based nonprofit group.

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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Parkersburg officials are preparing to meet with state auditors to discuss the recent investigation into the city's finances in the wake of a controversy surrounding the city's former mayor and his fiscal management.

The News and Sentinel reports that city officials will meet Monday with representatives from the West Virginia Auditor's Office for an exit conference on the audit of the fiscal year running from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

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After a legislative audit showed a new pay system would cost the state tens of millions of dollars in unintentional pay raises, West Virginia lawmakers are assessing what -- if anything -- they can do to stop it. 

Last month, Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred told members of the Post Audits Subcommittee the transition from semi-monthly to bi-weekly pay under the new West Virginia OASIS system will result in more than $50 million in additional pay for salaried employees over the next ten years.

The unintentional increase is the result of a computing error, dividing salaries by the new 26 pay period rather than the previous 24. Legislative Auditor Allred is now telling lawmakers he believes the conversion rate is illegal.

Shepherd University Sign, McMurran Hall
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An audit says Shepherd University employees used state money to buy sexual enhancers and other items that could have been deemed "extravagant," ''unallowable" or for "personal use."

The Legislative Post Audit Division released the report to a legislative panel Sunday.

The audit shows a $57 receipt for condoms, K-Y Jelly, and Vital Erotic Shots. The purchase, titled "RA Program," was approved in 2012.

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A legislative review of the state’s new employee pay schedule found the state will be paying an additional $50 million over the next ten years to salaried employees because of a computing error.

West Virginia Citizens Conservation Corps

An audit says a roadside assistance service using state money could save up to $8.4 million over three years if the Division of Highways controlled it, among other changes.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred's office released highlights of the Courtesy Patrol audit on Sunday.

The audit says Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia, which runs the program, received $23.9 million in state money from fiscal year 2006 through 2014.

West Virginia Department of Agriculture

  An audit says the state Department of Agriculture spent $662,000 in federal money on refrigeration upgrades at a failing farmer's market.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred wrote that the Inwood Farmer's Market has lost about $100,000 annually over six consecutive years, including 2013. The Berkeley County market was awarded the grant in June 2011.

An audit says the Mine Safety and Health Administration needs to improve its data on underreporting of mining injuries and illnesses so that it can better target enforcement efforts.

The audit by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General says the agency has taken steps to detect and deter underreporting of accidents and illnesses. But more can be done to address the problem.