Created: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:19:00 CST
Updated: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:48:29 CST
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services officials have responded to a letter sent earlier this week by State Auditor Mike Foley calling for a legislative review of the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
DHHS CEO Kerry Winterer says he welcomes an audit by the Legislature's Performance Audit Committee. In his letter, Foley outlined several issues including the loss of nearly 6 million dollars in federal funds due to mismanagement; as well as an accusation that DHHS personnel have a "serious lack of understanding" of the federal and state regulations surrounding the program.
Winterer says in his response that it "appears there is a philosophical difference between the auditor and DHHS about federal money." He argues that the auditor wants an expansion of the program without considering the long term consequences.