WORK IN PROGRESS
Department of Social Services
Members of the General Assembly have asked us to review child protective services provided by the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Through its child protective services program, DSS seeks to protect children from abuse and neglect within their families, within foster care, and by other persons legally responsible for their welfare. In addition, we have been asked to review the department’s purchasing and contract management practices, its oversight of county operations, and the assessment of federal penalties against the department. We will address each of these areas in an audit report on the management practices of DSS.
South Carolina Education Lottery
The Audit Council is required by S.C. Code §2-15-63(A) to conduct a management performance audit of the S.C. Education Lottery every three years. This review will focus on funds spent from the lottery expenditure account, the lottery’s internal controls over its operations, and the status of recommendations made in the previous LAC lottery audits.
Human Affairs Commission
Members of the General Assembly requested that we review the S.C. Human Affairs Commission. Our audit objectives address questions about the agency’s staff and board, the process for expending funds, specifically those for consultative services, and the agency’s compliance with contracts with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) regarding the handling of cases.
Department of Commerce
Members of the General Assembly requested we review the use of proceeds from a Department of Commerce state economic development bond by a nonprofit organization created to use the money for the purposes of wetlands mitigation relating to the site of the Boeing Plant in North Charleston. This review will focus on determining what the wetlands mitigation requirements were and how the money was spent.