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January 22, 2014

Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313,
DHHS Has Resolved Issues With Federal Reporting Requirements
Lincoln – Kerry Winterer, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, said today the notification from the federal government regarding concerns with the way Nebraska documented use of federal foster care funds several years ago was expected.  He said DHHS resolved those issues beginning in 2012 and a disallowance should not occur again.
Winterer said the federal disallowance is in response to the design of the privatization of child welfare services several years ago, and the documentation for expenses that was provided to DHHS by the private agencies was not adequate.
“Children and Family Services Director Pristow, who was not involved in the decision to privatize child welfare services, has been working closely with federal officials for the past 12 to 18 months to fix this issue,” Winterer said.  “That hard work has been recognized by federal officials and their confidence in us has, in part, resulted in the recent IV-E waiver that Nebraska was awarded.”
“We will decide in the near future our course of action,” said Winterer.  “We believe we can provide information that will change the amount owed and we believe it will be considerably less.”