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The state of Vermont needs to do a better job justifying its rulings in cases of alleged employee misconduct, according to a pair of new reports from the office of State Auditor Doug Hoffer.

State Auditor Doug Hoffer says shortcomings in project management at the Department of Buildings and General Services have led to cost overruns on major construction projects.
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A new report from the state auditor’s office shows chronic cost overruns for major construction projects at the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services.

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Republican Phil Scott will be Vermont's next governor. Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman won the race for lieutenant governor, and T.J. Donovan will be Vermont's first new attorney general since 1997.

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According to the latest VPR Poll, Vermonters have been following the races for president and governor very closely. But the rest of the Vermont races, not so much. It's OK — that's where we come in.

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The auditor of accounts is tasked with reviewing state programs to find waste and inefficiency and to hold government agencies accountable.

The auditor serves as a watchdog over the operations of state government and conducts what are known as "performance audits" to evaluate the effectiveness of specific programs, and the major party candidates for state auditor view the role of the office very differently.

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This week, Vermont Edition brings you election debates for three statewide offices.  On Thursday, the leading candidates for state auditor meet in a live, face-to-face debate.

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Debate continues over what state officials knew when about the alleged EB-5 fraud in the Northeast Kingdom.  Four guests join us today to discuss the situation.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano plans to run for state auditor as a Republican.

Feliciano said Tuesday he is in the process of gathering the required signatures and plans to submit his petition to the Secretary of State’s office by the Thursday deadline. Auditor Doug Hoffer, a Democrat and Progressive, has already filed for re-election.

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The first independent, external audit of Vermont Health Connect has arrived, and Virginia-based auditing firm says the state is out of compliance with federal regulations for state health insurance exchanges.

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State Auditor Doug Hoffer has launched a study to help determine if the state of Vermont could do a better job collecting delinquent taxes.

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Over the past 14 months, the state of Vermont has paid an out-of-state contractor more than a half million dollars to perform a job that doesn’t appear to exist.

That’s among the findings detailed in a performance audit of the state’s online insurance exchange, released publicly Thursday morning by State Auditor Doug Hoffer

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Health economist Jonathan Gruber won notoriety last year for his unflattering remarks about the “stupidity of the American voter.” But here in Vermont, the state auditor is far more concerned about the MIT professor’s billing habits than his ill-advised public remarks.

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Incumbent Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer is running unopposed in this election. He has accepted the nomination of both the Democratic and the Progressive parties. We'll talk to Doug Hoffer about the focus of his audits in the last two years, and why he thinks he deserves your vote in November.

Also on the show, we'll get an analysis of this election season with Paul Heintz, who writes the political column Fair Game for Seven Days.

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A report from the Auditor’s Office says Vermont is falling short when it comes to giving consumers a way to research the prices of medical procedures from different health care providers around the state. Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Auditor Doug Hoffer what the report says about VHCURES, the current database the state is using, which the Green Mountain Care Board plans to revamp.

Whistleblowers within the state government may soon have more protection from retaliation or exposure after they’ve reported waste, mismanagement, or corruption.

State Auditor Doug Hoffer is leading an effort to get lawmakers to expand the state’s existing whistleblower protections – currently, it is illegal to retaliate against an employee for reporting wrongdoing or waste – to include identity protection.

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State Auditor Doug Hoffer has been in the position since January. His office has recently released several reports and made some personnel moves.

Auditor Hoffer will discuss his office’s reports on health care provided at correctional facilities, state workers’ compensation and transportation construction contracts.