Rep. Harris calls for expanded audit of Maryland's education spending

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rep. Andy Harris said Thursday that he will request an expanded review of the Maryland Department of Education's use of federal funds after an audit found that the state may have to return up to $540,000 in misspent stimulus dollars and money designated for poor children.

Harris, a Baltimore County Republican, said he will use his seat on the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the U.S. Department of Education's budget to press for greater scrutiny.

"What it uncovered is a pattern of waste, fraud and abuse of federal tax dollars," Harris said of the audit. "Whenever you see that kind of pattern, there is no reason to believe that pattern didn't precede the period of the audit or persist subsequent to the period of the audit."

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