AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Labor says it took $1.3 million that it wasn’t entitled to from the U.S. Department of Labor over a period of nearly 12 years.
Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass said he updated the governor Friday and sent a letter to federal officials to acknowledge the debt, which was uncovered by federal auditors. He says that “ineffective internal controls” masked the problems for years “but now we have to deal with it.”
Winglass said the state has requested that the federal agency waive the bulk of the money.
Gov. Paul LePage said Friday that state government continues to uncover problems from “financial systems that lack accountability, transparency and fiscal controls.” He says it’s a reminder of the importance of reforming the way the state does business.