December 20, 2019 In The News, State Oversight

Norfolk and Hampton foster care programs have steered work to company with personal ties to city officials

By: Tim Eberly, The Virginian-Pilot, December 20, 2019

Supervisors in Norfolk’s and Hampton’s foster care programs have helped steer millions of taxpayer dollars to a company owned by a woman with whom they have personal connections, a Virginian-Pilot investigation has found.

“Virginians need to have confidence that their public officials are working for what’s in the best interest of the public,” said Daniel Stevens, executive director of Campaign for Accountability, a nonpartisan government watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C. “These situations should be investigated, and the city governments should put in place procedures to ensure that the work is awarded to the most qualified candidates, not the candidates with the best connections.”

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