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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2013
 
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Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-9313 or kathie.osterman@nebraska.gov
 
DHHS Reviews Federal Grant Claims
 
Lincoln – According to Kerry Winterer, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS has completed an internal review of actions that lead to potentially unclaimed federal funds.
 
“One of my priorities as CEO has been better financial accountability,” said Winterer.  “Although we have generally capable and diligent employees, we are increasing our focus on individual accountability and responsibility for their work.  In addition, we now have an internal auditor whose job it is to implement proper accounting procedures and ensure full cooperation with the many audits performed on agency programs.” 
 
Winterer said because of the internal review, two employees with responsibility for claiming federal funds are no longer with the agency. “We must be diligent about these requirements,” he said.  “Lack of attention to these important details will not be tolerated.”
 
Winterer said staff had recorded the amounts of possible federal funds available, some going back to 1996, as receivables with the intent to research whether the amounts reported were truly due the Department. 
 
“As we implemented new procedures, we found this had not occurred.  In addition, we learned states can’t make claims for federal funds if the amounts are outstanding for more than five years,” said Winterer. 
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