Two strikes for state overbilling the feds

The state has been found by auditors for the second time in the last few weeks to be overbilling the federal government for services provided by the Departent of Children and Families.

Last month, the state agency responsible for children who are abused, neglected, delinquent or in need of mental health services was found by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General to be charging the federal government too much for the training of its employees. That resulted in the state receiving $1.3 million more than the state qualified for.

Today, the Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts informed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that another $1.7 million was reimbursed by the federal government for children that were not living at the department’s two mental health institutions.