Children’s food program under scrutiny over lax oversight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Department of Human Services program that provides meals to children at risk for hunger is under scrutiny over a lack of oversight.

The Tennessean reports that a federal review issued last month found multiple instances of lax oversight by the DHS. The review also found there is a lack of adequate level of staffing to properly oversee the program.

According to the review, the department currently has three open positions for department auditors who are supposed to review the program for waste, fraud and abuse.

Lawmakers are now working on oversight measures for the DHS.

State Sen. Jim Tracy says the measures would make sure that contractors are getting food to children in need. His bill would require the DHS to provide regular reports to lawmakers.

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