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." * ,.. L'~'Lili~ ;: ,~:~: V~j,~ ~ :~:~i:~ ~, T(~ ~-~ ~ ,-'~ ~ i ~;~ THE ITALIK~-~RICA~ VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS L~ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 22 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 31, 2013 $.30 A COPY DTA Needs to Strengthen Efforts to Protect, Maximize Resources We~fare Agency Uses Report to Deve/op Road Map for Reform From the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today issued an audit of the Department of Tran- sitional Assistance (DTA), which details millions of dollars in questionable ben- efits, inadequate security over blank electronic benefit cards (EBT cards), and a need for improved fraud detection. The audit has resulted in the state welfare agency creating an action plan to enhance its program integ- rity and restore public con- fidence. DTA's action plan was announced in March of 2013. "This audit demonstrates that DTA can do more to ensure that only eligible people are receiving benefits and that those benefits are not being abused, Auditor Bump said. "I am encour- aged that DTA has imple- mented a 100-day plan and is working to address each of these issues and improve its operations." DTA is responsible for administering a ~ariety of financial assistance pro- grams for families, elders, and disabled people includ- ing the Supplemental Nutri- tion Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), Transitional Aid to Families with Depen- dent Children (TAFDC), and Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC). In FY 2012 DTA administered more than $1.7 billion in total benefits. Questionable Benefits Auditors identified 1,164 cases where recipients con- tinued to receive a tot~1 of $2.39 million inTM bedefits from six to 27 months after they were reported to be deceased. In a majority of (Continued on Page 14) i!! i ii iii:ii ili!,! ..... i i!!iliiiiii! ii !iii 1 iiii!!!i!i!iii!!i!iiii i] i!~!iiiiii:iiii!!l Citywide Crowd Attends First Memorial Day Remembrance Concert AT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS PARK by Matt Conti by Sal Giarratani Obama Says One Thing to Students but Actions Speak Louder Than Words Recently, President Obama delivered a speech to graduates at Ohio State University and told students to dismiss those warning of government tyranny, but he probably would have never brought the subject up if he didn't feel the need to prop up his challenged administration. Since that campus speech, we have been hearing lots about negative things like spying on repoi-ters, the IRS targeting conservative groups arld the real story about what happened before, "during and after the deadly Benghazi attacks. : The president warned graduates abbut the "voices that incessantly warn Of govern~nent as nothing more than some separate, sinister en- tity that's at the root of all our problems...They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner...reject these voices." Our president- has apparently forgotten Thomas Jeffez}s0n who cautioned that "every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone." Or how about James Madison the "Father of the Constitution" that government is power and 'will ever be liable to abuse." (Continued on Page i4) i A large citywide crowd came out on Memorial Day 2013 for a new tradition at the North End Waterfront's Christopher Columbus Park, honoring America's soldiers that have paid the ultimate price. Officially known as "Remembrance 2013: A Musical Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes," the concert replaces a Memorial Day observance previously held at McGillivray Park in the Fens. Hosted by the City of Boston Veteran Affairs, the concert event featured the Metro- politan Wind Symphony led by Lewis Buckley and the Boston City Singers. A color guard and wreath laying ceremony paid respects to -~.~lLen soldier~ from the" American Revolution Veteran of two wars: WWII and Korea. through the present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. North End's Angelo Picardi (left), John Bailey from the Parks Department and Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak. Moderating the event were Veteran Affairs Commis- sioner Francisco Urena, Deputy Commissioner, Bryan Bishop and LTC (Ret) Gerald T. Wellman. Several political candi- dates also showed up at the event including U.S. Senate candidate, Gabriel Gomez and Boston Mayoral candi- dates John Barros, Charlotte Golar Richie and Marty Walsh. For the Boston City Council, current District One City Councilor Sal LaMattina attended as did City Councilor At-Large candidate Jack Kelly. The . event was held on Monday, May 27,2013 at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End of Boston. City Councilor Sal .LaMattina introduced at the Memorial Day concert. (Photos by Matt Conti, www.NorthEndWaterfront.com) THE POST-GAZEI"I[ SATELLITE OFFICE iS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PMand Thursdays from I1:00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenienceoFour East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors -- Call 61 7-227-8929 for more information