Pola Buckley

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's independent auditor is questioning whether the state is ensuring that federal funding for low-income individuals is spent in line with the law.

AUGUSTA, Maine - State auditor Pola Buckley has notified several state officials, including Gov. Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills, that the state Department of Health and Human Services "improperly managed'' more than $13 million in federal funding.

Westbrook Rep. Drew Gattine co-chairs the Health and Human Services Committee, and believes the transfers may be illegal and that lawmakers should consider tighter controls on agency spending and contracting.