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Minnesota lawmakers blast agency heads for sloppy contracting


November 14, 2019

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Alexandra Kotze, Chief Financial Officer at Minnesota DHS testified along with Alice Roberts-Davis, Commissioner of the MN Department of Administration and Deputy Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), Eric Hallstrom over mismanagement of financial contracts, which led to hundreds of violations of state law.

State legislators leveled stinging criticism at leaders of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and other state agencies at a Wednesday afternoon hearing on mismanagement of financial contracts that led to nearly 1,800 violations of state law over the past year.

"It is very, very troubling that there's this attitude that we can go ahead and spend whatever we want, and then we'll get approval and then we'll tell you what it's for," said Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee. "This has got to change."


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