Missouri officials say a contractor will make a one-time $290,000 deposit to families affected by a failure to issue debit cards containing child support payments on time.
The state Office of Administration said Tuesday a subcontractor used by Systems and Methods Inc. did not mail the cards on time between Oct. 11 and Oct. 25. Parents were unable to access funds, and the state says about 10,000 families were affected.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says the state lost out on nearly $1.3 million because of how the Office of Administration has billed for a new telephone system.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the Office of Administration was supposed to determine costs for the phone system and charge state agencies for their share. Money would be deposited in a revolving fund and bills paid from that fund.
The Interim Committee on Government Bidding and Contracting may also be used to recommend new legislation for next year’s regular session. State Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) will chair the committee. She says last year’s controversy surrounding former Medicaid contractor SynCare LLC played a part in the committee’s creation.