The Oregon Health Authority "influenced" the caseload estimate for a program, leading to a $141 million budget surplus, an audit shows.
Bruce Goldberg, then the director of the Department of Human Services, swayed forecasters to increase the number of projected clients in the Aid to the Blind and Disabled program in spring 2011. Forecasters also assumed an unjustified growth rate, the audit found.
Much of the resulting surplus involved federal dollars. Of the $43 million that came from the general fund, auditors attributed $4 million to Goldberg's influence and $19 million to the unrealistic growth rate. Another $20 million was within normal variance levels.
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