Audit of ODVA Released

Apr 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An audit of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs suggests the agency lacks the supervision and oversight of the state's veterans centers necessary to ensure the well-being of the residents at the facilities.

State Auditor Gary Jones released the 59-page audit Wednesday. It was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin in August after the scalding death of a veteran at a facility in Claremore and other abuse allegations.

Jones says the five-month review of the agency indicated many of its practices ``fall short of the standard of quality expected by its constituents.''

Among the problems identified in the report are inconsistent training, low wages and some administrators' disregard for staff input.

The agency said in a statement that it already is complying with many of the audit's recommendations.