In a follow-up to a story posted earlier about potential overtime abuses, Lincoln Parish News Online spoke today with State Inspector General Steven B. Street, Jr., who said the issue “is still on our radar.” It had been reported the Inspector General had planned to look into the issue.
Last week, the DHH released their own internal audit that revealed during calendar year 2008 eight of the personnel at the Northeast Supports and Services Center, (formerly know as the Ruston State School) logged overtime ranging from 1,600 to 3,150 hours. The story was broken by WAFB-TV Baton Rouge reporter Caroline Moses.
Phone calls to Paul E. Pendas, Director of the Financial Audit Division of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor – to see if any action was planned by their group – were not returned by posting time.
Of historical note, the center is located on the site of Camp Ruston, one of the largest WWII POW camps in the United States. In October of 1943, the camp held as many as 4,315 prisoners.
UPDATE – 5 pm, 6/16/09
Beth Davis, Assistant Director for the Financial Auditing Division of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor returned our call moments ago. She said that “at this time,” no action was scheduled beyond a procedural review scheduled for early 2010.