Audit criticizes Jindal on elderly affairs

Published: Nov. 24, 2014 at 7:34 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2014 at 8:04 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new legislative audit released Monday slams Gov. Bobby Jindal's office for its handling of elderly affairs.

Jindal fired the head of the office in 2012 and never named a replacement. The audit states there is a lack of leadership now, making the agency less effective.

Jindal's administration says the formula was approved by federal officials, but also claims it will work more closely with parish councils on aging to monitor spending.

"By law, the Louisiana Executive Board on Aging (or LEBA) must nominate a candidate before they can be appointed, but have only sent our office one nominee who turned out to have ethics complaints," Shannon Bates with the governor's office said in a written release. "We asked them for another candidate and are ready to work with them when they send a nominee."

She also said officials care about taking care of seniors and increased funding by $7.4 million last year to area councils on aging. She added Elderly Affairs has already made some changes recommended in the report, like modernizing its tech programs for easier online access.

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