Senators to probe disarray at Department of Human Services

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of Senate committees will hold a joint hearing Tuesday on the disarray in Minnesota’s Department of Human Services.
The department, which is Minnesota’s largest state agency, has come under sharp criticism in recent weeks that helped push out Gov. Tim Walz’s original commissioner after only six months.
Acting Commissioner Pam Wheelock will speak on behalf of the Walz administration. Senators will also hear from Legislative Auditor James Nobles.
Besides turnover, topics will include concerns about fraud within the department’s Child Care Assistance Program for low-income working parents.
The committees also plan to discuss the placement of the department’s inspector general on paid leave in March pending an investigation that only recently began, and overpayments of more than $25 million to two tribes for substance abuse treatment.