Posts tagged ‘Government inefficiency’

May 23, 2010

Is this who you want running your – edition 78

by thoughtfulconservative

The state must repay $2.75 million to the federal Food and Nutrition Service because it didn’t alert the agency it was using federal money for a no-bid contract to maintain a computer system.

The Food and Nutrition Service must give approval in advance to use no-bid contracts under federal rules.

Someone obviously dropped the ball in a major way,” said state Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Audit Committee. [emphasis mine]

via Rule violation costs state $2.75 million – JSOnline.

December 15, 2009

Are these the folks you want determining your health care? episode 23

by thoughtfulconservative

Missouri acknowledged Monday that it reported inflated numbers of food stamp recipients to the federal government, calling into question millions of dollars of bonuses paid to the state for running one of the nation’s top-flight programs.

The Department of Social Services said a computer programming error has consistently exaggerated the figures submitted since September 2002.

via Missouri reported inflated food stamp figures to feds – KansasCity.com.

December 14, 2009

Are these the folks you want determining your health care?

by thoughtfulconservative

The federal government’s latest extension of unemployment benefits passed in early November, but jobless people in Wisconsin have yet to see the money.

State officials said Friday the delay was because of computer programming requirements that come with federal funds. They expect the first checks to be mailed Wednesday.

via State’s computers hold up extension of jobless benefits – JSOnline.

January 15, 2008

Nothing like government “efficiency”

by thoughtfulconservative

More mailings by the state of Wisconsin with Social Security numbers possibly visible.

The Department of Administration printed, folded and mailed the letters for the state Department of Revenue. The federal government requires that the Social Security numbers be printed on the forms.

Are you sure you want the government involved in your lives any more than they are now?

September 24, 2007

The government can do it more efficiently

by thoughtfulconservative

Are these the folks you want to entrust your health care (in fact, most areas of your life) to?

First from the weekend’s Journal Sentinel,

State’s casino oversight falls short, audit says

[Wisconsin’s] Division of Gaming failed to notice discrepancies in daily casino revenue figures between the state’s computer monitoring system and tallies done by the casinos, the Legislative Audit Bureau report says. The auditors found discrepancies in the numbers for every day of 2006, the report says. The report does not say how far off the numbers were or break them out by tribe or casino. [Emphasis mine.]

Review finds 9 children in imminent danger

A sweeping state review of more than 600 active cases under investigation by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare uncovered nine in which a child was in immediate danger, and child welfare workers were dispatched immediately to deal with the situation.

The review came after the May suffocation death of a toddler, Alicia Burgess, who was left in her home by child welfare workers despite warnings by two doctors that the child and her brother were in danger. Raul Arteaga, 34, the boyfriend of Alicia’s mother, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide.

“That’s a 1.5% measurement of cases that did not succeed,” said Reggie Bicha, the administrator of the Division of Children and Family Services, of the nine cases. “Anytime you have that kind of intense review and scrutiny, to have a 1.5% error rate is arguably not that bad – unless we are talking about kids.” [Emphasis mine.]

Now that’s an understatement. Extrapolate that 1.5% to 5.5 million Wisconsinites, or 300 million Americans.

And from the federal government (much too easy to find, most of the time)

Watch list hobbled by data errors: Technical gremlins, clashing rules undermine shared screening center

Four years after the federal government launched the interagency Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) and assigned it the daunting task of harmonizing more than a dozen separate watch lists, balky technology and quirky business practices still combine to introduce gaps and errors in the critical database. [Again emphasis is mine]

And this is for terrorists. Again we’re talking about a small percentage, but it grows to a large number when you include Wisconsinites or all Americans.