Audit to examine state health employees’ expenses

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 12:38 am, Fri Jun 21, 2013.

State Auditor Hector Balderas said Thursday his office has identified inconsistencies in per diem forms submitted by Department of Health Deputy Secretary Brad McGrath and other employees of the department that justify additional work to determine the validity of those expenses.

Balderas said that if auditors find department employees were improperly reimbursed, those employees could be required to pay back the money.

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  • Jeremy Bangs posted at 9:40 am on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    JDB Posts: 15

    This particular issue should raise awareness to every taxpayer in New Mexico. The current administration's business practices are just as shady as the previous administrations in the Roundhouse. Governor Martinez may talk a big game, but when it comes to government transparency and the actual business practices of her administration, she fails to live up to the very standards that she utilized as the flagships for her campaign.

    So the administration tries to justify these per diem payments because he had responsibilites of multiple positions? With the current record high vacancy rate in state government, pretty much every employee is covering responsibilities of multiple positions. So, by this administration's justification, every current state employee should be entitled to extra compensation whether that be in the form of per diem payments for those that commute to their post of duty, or across the board salary increases. Pretty sure the majority of New Mexicans do not agree with that happening.

  • Tim R. Herrera posted at 7:52 am on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    timrherrera Posts: 15

    Hats off to the Santa Fe Reporter and State Auditor Balderas for following up on their story. I retired from the Department of Health last year. I would have stayed 26 years and 8 months, but got tired of seeing the corruption and injustice going on within DOH. The bureau I supervised was lacking in sufficient staffing and every time I requested a position, management , including McGrath, would deny it. Yet, they are pigs and justify burning the State and it's taxpayers out of $33,000, how sickening. Sounds like Secretary Ward would allow this to continue had the press not gotten a hold of this information. DOH, especially ASD is perhaps the most corrupt agency in State Government after the PRC. Ah the stories I could tell.


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