State Auditor Finds Abuses of TANF Program

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning millions of dollars of welfare payments made to low-income residents. Schweich released an annual audit Tuesday examining Missouri's use of $12.7 billion of federal funds during the 2012 budget. He raised concerns about $68 million of expenses, mainly through programs run by the Department of Social Services. Among other things, the audit cited improper payments to some child care providers and noted that the state failed to perform annual eligibility verifications for some senior and elderly residents receiving home-based services. In some cases there was no verification that a minor was living in the home, which is one of the requirements of receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. This year's audit findings are consistent with the past two years, which means the lack of documentation remains a big problem