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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Retroactive Claims Under the Title IV-E Foster Care Program in Indiana," (A-05-97-00026)

January 22, 1998

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (878 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


In 1990 Indiana contracted with the Institutes for Health and Human Services, Inc. (IHHS) to enhance title IV-E reimbursement by identifying additional eligible foster care claims. Based on the work of IHHS, Indiana submitted retroactive claims for Calendar Year 1993 totaling $8.5 million for reimbursement. Our audit was made to determine whether adequate documentation was available to support the retroactive claims. This final report points out that such documentation was not available. The State has continually been unable to locate supporting documentation originally submitted by IHHS and has been unsuccessful in its attempts to obtain duplicate copies from the IHHS. Also, the IHHS did not respond to letters and phone call from the State requesting copies of the supporting documents in accordance with the terms of their contract, nor did IHHS return our follow-up telephone calls. Therefore, we recommended that the State make a financial adjustment for the $8.5 million. The State concurred with our recommendation and made the financial adjustment.