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OPA audits Department of Corrections

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Department of Corrections Director Jose San Agustin is reviewing an audit released last night by the Guam Office of Public Accountability. The report exposes what auditors call DOC’s “weak accounting infrastructure”.  Specifically DOC does not track their transactions or maintain a database relative to incarceration- specific costs, such as expenses for meals, medical and dental care, clothing and rehabilitative services. Some of the findings included DOC’s most recent cost per prison of $119 dollars for FY2011 was not accurately calculated and could not be accurately verified and appeared to be overstated. Another finding: federal reimbursement rates have not been updated in over a decade. Bottom-line auditors noted that without compiling or analyzing prisoner expenses to identify major cost drivers, DOC management is not able to monitor expected results, keep operating costs in line, and justify the increase in federal reimbursement rates. Keeping track of this information according to auditors is also essential in alerting management of waste and inefficiencies of resources and services provided to prisoners.
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