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House seeks to end controversial state employee charity program

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Florida lawmakers are looking to shut down a charitable program funded for decades by state employees. A bill to end the Florida State Employees’ Charitable Campaign comes after a yearslong slump due partly to a drop in participation and controversy surrounding its management, according to a new bill proposed by a House lawmaker and unanimously favored in committee Thursday. The bill, CS/HB 1141, is sponsored by Rep. Clay Yarborough through the House Government Accountability Committee. The measure would end the FSECC,…

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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…

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