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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago on Official: Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000

Best I can tell, no payments were made to this Maryland company in FY2012 or prior so it may be their first year here. Payments can be seen at open.georgia.gov. Data for FY2013 has not been posted. My estimate is perhaps over $1 million was paid. The largest visible amount paid to this company by any county was about $90,000 and all payments by all counties from FY2009-2012 won't near total the amount we overpaid in error. .

Success rates? Don't think you will find any statistics. I wonder why and how we got this company in the first place.

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago on Official: Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000

It's really simple, Amazed2. A "fool proof contract" was written to have things done correctly. But in the process, the ability of our fools to overcome was underestimated. Stupidity and incompetence are not crimes but perhaps it's time to consider making them one in the Good Life!

We pay people good money to do their jobs yet when it comes to DCSS, I always feel violated by the result. I am amazed, too!

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago on Official: Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000

All the earlier comments on this articles simply went away, didn't they! This whole affair deserves the utmost scrutiny, something is bad wrong. Is it time for a grand jury investigation of all DCSS past activities? If it was thought to be wrong by Dyer when paid, why did it just resurface again?And why did we commit to such an expensive program to begin with, with what result?

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago on Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000, official says.

I wonder when this was paid. If you search for payments to this company in FYs 2009-2012 in all counties in the state,the highest payment during that time by any county was less than $90,000 and total payments for all years are well less than $250,000. No payments were shown for DCSS (open.georgia.gov) There aren't many payments statewide and most are relatively insignificant. Secretary of State's Office has listing on a Maryland company with this name. Is there a signed contract for work with this company? How did we get hooked for $250,000 in the first place. Need more details on this one.

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago on Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000, official says.

The DCSS has been a rudderless ship for so many years that any finding of misuse of money is no surprise. As you will notice, the annual audit by the state auditors has never reported any of what you have read about in the past three years. Nothing, zero, zilch. Why is this? Well, basically, the auditors have been making mandated financial audits concerned with how financial transactions are recorded, in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards blah, blah, and more blah.

What is needed is an operational audit looking at the how and why of DCSS doing business. Are operations being conducted in economical, efficient, and effective? Are managers complying with rules and regulation? With all that has been done wrong within DCSS, it it time for the BOE to have an operational audit conducted even if it must hire a firm to do the work and pick up the tab. But perhaps the state auditors could be persuaded to make an operational audit, they do this type work within state agencies so it is not foreign to them. I would think the state BOE would be most receptive to anything that will identify what is really wrong in DCSS. Ask them!

DCSS has systemic problems in managing and using funds properly and it is high time these problems are identified and corrected.

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago on Herald changing online commenting system

The key is "if we determine". Don't really see much effort going into this one with all the time required for research and nebulous criterion on who to look at. Some FB sign in sites want one to agree to give FB access to their contact list. I won't use FB sign in on any site, has nothing to do with the Herald, and I can live without both nicely. Many of the terse comments short of posters calling each other names is pretty much what is in the squawk box. Personally, I quit reading the SB a few months ago --it is too petty and negative for me. But perhaps It is the only outlet for those with an opinion to express and no desire or ability to write a letter, and I chose to not read the column. And while I don't enjoy or see value to some comments on Herald articles, I just ignore them and press on to those with some value. I am capable of deciding what to read without others deciding for me.

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago on Squawk of the day - May 28, 2013

There is a big federal subsidy to the local bus system every year. Even with it, the transit system loses money, as I recall. All of which brings up the question of where we are in the process of getting the multi-modal. Awful quiet on that issue as the winners and losers of the battle are sorted out.

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago on Squawk of the day - May 28, 2013

Sounds like the "Medicaid bus" which seems to have a schedule running on highway 82 with frequency. Also makes stops at Wal-mart.

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