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Health-care industry helps fund Deal transition

Health-care industry helps fund Deal transition
January 20, 2011 --

Health-care interests — including a $700 million-a-year state vendor — top a partial list of donors to Gov. Nathan Deal’s transition committee. Twenty donors gave more than $130,000, including $77,500 from health-care interests. Among the largest donors: the parent company of Peach State Health Plan, which earned $713 million in 2010 as one of Georgia Medicaid’s managed care organizations. Peach State’s contract runs out this year.

Georgia’s sex offender registry a mess, state auditors say

Georgia's sex offender registry a mess, state auditors say
August 5, 2010 --

Georgia’s sex offender registries are inaccurate, outdated and incomplete, potentially misleading the public about the threat posed by offenders in their communities, state auditor Russell Hinton says. Data conflicts with information kept by local sheriffs, it’s not updated promptly and it’s often inaccurate, the auditors found.

MaChelle Joseph, Ga. Tech women’s hoops coach: $358,099

MaChelle Joseph, Ga. Tech women's hoops coach: $358,099
January 7, 2010 --

Orange Bowl-loser Paul Johnson was only the second-highest-paid coach at Georgia Tech last year, state records show. Tech paid MaChelle Joseph, the women’s basketball coach, $8,100 more than Johnson in fiscal year 2009. Johnson collects much more overall, but state auditors show Joseph’s base salary ranked second, behind UGA’s Mark Richt, among all coaches at state universities. Wonder who else made the Top 10?

Audit: MARTA made $15 million from risky AIG-backed leaseback deals

November 2, 2009 --

MARTA’s risky venture into complicated leaseback transactions with insurance giant AIG and others has turned a $15 million profit, at least so far, state auditors said today. Dozens of U.S. transit agencies took part in the leaseback deals, which offered a profit for MARTA and a tax shelter for the investors. The deals seemed safe until AIG lost its AAA credit rating a year ago, leaving MARTA on the line to pay termination fees that could have totaled hundreds of millions of dollars.

Trash talk from ex-DOT chair: Audit findings ‘absurd,’ Perdue’s comments “irresponsible”

Trash talk from ex-DOT chair: Audit findings 'absurd,' Perdue's comments "irresponsible"
August 3, 2009 --

David Doss of Rome, former chairman of the state Transportation Board, got riled up the other day about the state auditor’s findings of financial mismanagement at DOT. So he wrote AtlantaUnfiltered to share a piece of his mind. Auditors said DoT spent billions of dollars that it did not have, which Doss labels “absurd.” And he chided Gov. Sonny Perdue for using the term “Enron accounting” to describe DOT’s cash management procedures. Read his post …

Three contractors profited as DOT’s debt soared, auditors say

Three contractors profited as DOT's debt soared, auditors say
July 28, 2009 --

Three highway contractors reaped the proceeds as the Georgia Department of Transportation ran up billions of dollars in unconstitutional deficits, state auditors say. Between them, the three companies since 2002 made nearly $2.4 billion off state DOT contracts.

Auditors: Test tampering at schools in ATL, DeKalb, Fulton

June 11, 2009 --

Last fall, DeKalb County school officials could find no improprieties at a Decatur-area elementary where fifth-graders showed phenomenal improvement on a state-mandated math test. Now, state auditors say, the evidence is overwhelming that someone tampered with the tests last summer at Atherton Elementary School in DeKalb and three others in Georgia. Auditors believe “someone who […]

Auditors find weak workers’ comp coverage, enforcement

June 2, 2009 --

Nearly half the eligible businesses in Georgia may not carry workers’ compensation insurance as required, state auditors say. If that’s true, roughly 1.5 million workers potentially would not be covered in the event of a workplace accident. The state’s methods of monitoring compliance are inefficient and could be improved with the use of relatively simple […]