ST. PAUL (KMHL) – The Senate Finance Committee will hold hearings next Wednesday to examine more issues within the Department of Human Services and other state agencies.

A report by the Star Tribune earlier this week highlighted 200 contracts awarded by DHS last year alone without proper documentation.

“The agency is the fastest growing part of our budget,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairperson Sen. Julie Rosen. “We’ve heard about the fraud in childcare assistance, we’ve seen the waste in overpayments to the tribes, and now we have abuse by agency staff spending money without approval and filing a ‘get out of jail free’ form each time.”

Rosen said she will request the Department of Administration provide their 16A and 16C forms at all levels of contract procurement and agency spending.

The Senate Finance Committee meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday.