D.C. schools overcharged the federal government, failed to screen contractors who were given millions in public dollars and violated federal regulations on record-keeping, an independent auditor has concluded.
Though written drily, the audit report is scathing. Auditors analyzed dozens of grants worth tens of millions of dollars and found that the D.C. schools system "lacks a system of internal controls," was "in direct violation of granting agency and compliance requirements" did not "provide the necessary training to their staff" and couldn't prove that its teachers and staff were certified to do their jobs.
The accounting firm BDO Seidman LLP conducted the audit. It was paid for by the D.C. finance office.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Different audit, same result
Another audit of the District's public schools' finances, the same result: