Auditor says accounting lapse cost taxpayers $1.8 million

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ State Auditor Mike Foley says the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services cost the state more than $1.8 million when it failed to seek federal reimbursement in a timely manner.

Foley's office announced Tuesday that the issue came to light when his auditing team examining a state adoption assistance program managed by the department. Auditors found that the department paid for program expenses but then failed to seek federal reimbursement during a five-year grace period.

State auditors say the department has failed to collect more than $1.8 million in federal government. As a result, auditors say the costs were pushed onto state taxpayers.

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