Dave Yost

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Nearly half of Ohio’s local fiscal officers say they are unaware of anti-fraud services that are available to protect their bank accounts.

Auditor Dave Yost says he surveyed 784 local officials last month about their use of fraud protection services at the banks they use.  He says 49 percent said they are unfamiliar with those services, and 65 percent said they have no anti-fraud services on their accounts or are unsure if they do.

Yost says those services are cheap compared to the protection they offer – which can catch fraud that the bank might otherwise miss.

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Ohio leaders say they’ve made changes to make it easier for local governments to put their spending online.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel says ohiocheckbook.com, the site that allows the public to view how their tax dollars are spent, is now easier for local officials to access, because of a new partnership with the state auditor’s office.

“We are transferring power from the politicians to the people.”

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The state auditor has harsh words for the Cleveland schools in an audit over the district’s failure to cash in on millions in technology rebates. 

Auditor Dave Yost reviewed the Cleveland schools records after it lost out on $8.4 million in federal rebates it had already qualified for but failed to get because the district missed application deadlines.  Yost says a combination of weak policy and bad communication led to a breakdown in the process.

“At the end of the day, this is not a criminal problem, it’s a stupidity problem.”

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Charter school advocates and education leaders are sounding off on a big proposal from a charter school supporter to change the way e-schools are funded. Auditor Dave Yost is calling on lawmakers to base dollar amounts to student achievement.

Ohio has seen some reforms to the charter school system - some have been largely welcomed by the industry while others have been strongly opposed.

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State Auditor Dave Yost has shared his recent limited audit of the federal food stamp program in Ohio with a congressional committee.

Yost’s limited review of Ohioans who are part of the federal SNAP or food stamp program showed there could be some fraud in the system. He identified 36 dead people who were receiving benefits and, in some cases, someone was still using the card. While he admits fraud is not widespread, he says it needs to be addressed.

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