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Audit criticizes Rick Scott administration over charity contract

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A new audit is critical of how the administration of Gov. Rick Scott oversaw a state worker charity campaign.

Florida auditors reported the Department of Management Services did not initially document costs incurred by the vendor hired to oversee the charitable campaign.

The audit also found that between January 2013 and December 2015, state officials did not verify that the vendor distributed the right amounts to charities designated for help by state workers.

The Scott administration shifted control of the campaign from the United Way of Florida to a New Jersey company called Solix. The Tallahassee Democrat revealed that Solix wound up getting paid more than it was distributing to charities.

DMS officials told auditors late last month that problems with the contract have been fixed. The state in April also lowered the amount it is paying Solix.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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