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The Nebraska State Auditor reported issues with how the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services handled the Nomi Health contract, including if nearly 400,000 test kits were received by the state. According to a letter sent by the state auditor, Nebraska’s contract with Nomi Health called for 1.2 million test kits to be received. However, documentation shows that 803,240 test kits have been received by the state. received. This lack of documentation causes us to question the receipt of 396,760 test kits,” the state auditor’s letter read. the letter. The Department of Administrative Services reports that it has records indicating that all test kits were received and that there was a lack of documentation on packing slips during the pandemic, according to the letter. “Records from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) show that tests were administered at TestNebraska sites during those months. According to DHHS electronic laboratory records, a minimum of 789,400 tests were performed. inventory represents an additional 206,500 test kits, providing support for the receipt of at least 995,900 test kits Nomi Health, Inc. has provided supporting documentation for over 1.2 million test kits test, and the contract has been fulfilled,” the letter read. financial. The audit also questioned the state’s records regarding Test Nebraska and its no-tender contracts with Nomi Health. The state said Nomi provided more than one million COVID-19 test kits, from April 2020 to July 2021. Deputy State Auditor Craig Kubicek said they wanted to see evidence.” Okay, you get 1.2 million test kits. Let’s document that we actually received them,” Kubicek said. Kubicek said the state couldn’t show he received nearly 400,000 of those. kits worth $13 million vouchers when you actually get those items,” Kubicek said.The state paid Nomi $62 million for five untendered contracts first and then make sure it’s agreed in writing, when you’re going to pay for those services, and then pay for those that aren’t changed after the fact,” Kubicek said. Listeners’ concerns go beyond COVID funding, as they spent comb through record finances for fiscal year 2021. “We’re talking about finances for the state of Nebraska. We had errors of over $10.5 billion,” Kubicek said. He said they found clerical errors, missing information and double reporting. The report. Auditors found $21 billion in errors in the 2020 financial statements. “All money is accounted for. Auditors did not identify any misappropriation, misuse, or any missing money,” said Jason Jackson, Director of the Department of Administrative Services Jackson said they have since identified the errors. They are less dependent manually,” Jackson said. He said part of the problem was that the state was consolidating its financial records into one only report at the time the pandemic hit. This is the same division that was responsible for distributing $1 billion in pandemic relief,” Jackson said. As for Nomi Health, Jackson said the state had obtained all the test kits. He said not keeping shipping records was a problem at the start of the pandemic. He said that our operations to meet this public health need, ”Jackson said . He said it was a similar situation with the amended contract with Nomi. expenses that the state would cover. “Nebraska has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading states in our response to the pandemic,” Jackson said. But Kubicek said his office still had questions about the state’s financial report. “The volume of errors is about whether you’re in a pandemic or not,” Kubicek said. As for test kits, Jackson said about 800,000 tests have been done by Test Nebraska. The rest have been turned over to local health departments and hospitals or stored until they expire State Senator Carol Blood has criticized the state’s no-tender contract with Nomi Health, and is also concerned about the state’s accounting records. state.”$10.5 billion of errors in the DAS report clearly mean that not only have they not learned from the last audit, but they don’t really care about getting it right. How do you make so many mistakes and what we’re seeing so far is that the responses are ‘Oh we’ll do better, we’ll do it right in the future’. In a statement to KETV Newswatch 7, Nomi Health Founder and CEO Mark Newman said, “As noted in the auditor’s report and our internal records, Nomi Health has delivered all COVID-19 testing as part of his contract with the State of Nebraska ahead of schedule.”More headlines

The Nebraska State Auditor reported issues with how the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services handled the Nomi Health contract, including if nearly 400,000 test kits were received by the state.

According to a letter sent by the state auditor, Nebraska’s contract with Nomi Health called for the receipt of 1.2 million test kits. However, documentation shows that 803,240 test kits have been received by the state.

“The DAS provided a list showing that a total of 1,230,000 test kits were received; however, this list could not be traced back to supporting documents, such as packing slips or receipts. This lack of documentation leads us to question the receipt of the 396,760 test kits,” the state auditor’s letter read.

Nebraska paid between $25 and $32.50 per test kit — an estimated cost of $9,919,000 to $12,894,700 for unaccounted test kits, according to the letter.

The Department of Administrative Services reports that it has records indicating that all test kits were received and that there was a lack of documentation on packing slips during the pandemic, according to the letter.

“Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) records show that tests were administered at TestNebraska sites during those months. According to DHHS electronic laboratory records, a minimum of 789,400 tests were administered. A warehouse inventory count represents an additional 206,500 test kits, providing support for the receipt of at least 995,900 test kits Nomi Health, Inc. has provided supporting documentation for more than 1.2 million test kits, and the contract has been fulfilled,” the letter reads.

Read the full letter from the Nebraska State Auditor

Nebraska State Auditor found $10.5 billion in errors in latest state finance review.

The audit also questioned the state’s records regarding Test Nebraska and its no-tender contracts with Nomi Health.

The state said Nomi provided more than one million COVID-19 test kits from April 2020 to July 2021.

Assistant State Auditor Craig Kubicek said they wanted to see evidence.

“Okay, you get 1.2 million test kits. Let’s document that we actually have them,” Kubicek said.

Kubicek said the state could not show that it had received nearly 400,000 of those kits worth up to $13 million.

“They gave us other paperwork, but you really should have packing slips and other supporting documents when you receive these items,” Kubicek said.

The state paid Nomi $62 million for five untendered contracts.

It included a payment of $2.9 million for services provided by Nomi, then amended in the written agreement in October 2020.

“You have to contract first, then make sure it’s agreed in writing, when you’re going to pay for those services, then pay for those that aren’t changed after the fact,” Kubicek said.

Auditors’ concerns go beyond COVID funding as they combed through the state financial records for fiscal year 2021.

“We’re talking about the finances of the state of Nebraska. We had over $10.5 billion in errors,” Kubicek said.

He said they found clerical errors, missing information and double reporting.

This is the second year in a row that accounting issues led the auditor to issue a disclaimer saying they could not verify the accuracy of the report.

Auditors found $21 billion in errors in the 2020 financial statements.

“All money is accounted for. Auditors have identified no diversion, misuse or missing money,” said Jason Jackson, director of the Department of Administrative Services.

Jackson said they have since identified the errors.

“We have a plan moving forward that includes adding resources to the division and improving our processes so they are less manually dependent,” Jackson said.

He said part of the problem was that the state consolidated its financial records into one report when the pandemic hit.

This is the same division that was responsible for distributing $1 billion in pandemic relief,” Jackson said.

As for Nomi Health, Jackson said the state has obtained all testing kits.

He said not keeping shipping records was a problem at the start of the pandemic.

“The state focused on the public health emergency and quickly scaled up our operations to meet this public health need,” Jackson said.

He said it was a similar situation with the amended contract with Nomi.

Jackson said there was an agreement with Nomi that there would be additional operating expenses that the state would cover.

“Nebraska has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading states in our response to the pandemic,” Jackson said.

But Kubicek said his office still had questions about the state’s financial report.

“The volume of errors is about whether or not you’re in a pandemic,” Kubicek said.

As for test kits, Jackson said about 800,000 tests have been done by Test Nebraska.

The rest was donated to local health departments and hospitals or stored until expiration.

State Senator Carol Blood criticized the state’s no-tender contract with Nomi Health.

She is also concerned about state accounting records.

“10.5 billion dollars of errors in the DAS report clearly means that not only did they not learn from the last audit, but they don’t really care about getting it right. How do you make so many mistakes and what we’re seeing so far as responses is, “Oh, we’ll do better, we’ll get to that in the future”, well, they’ve had the opportunity to get it right and they don’t still can’t do it,” Blood said.

In a statement to KETV Newswatch 7, Nomi Health Founder and CEO Mark Newman said, “As noted in the auditor’s report and our internal records, Nomi Health has delivered all COVID-19 testing as part of of his contract with the State of Nebraska ahead of schedule.”

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