- TYC did not competitively bid 11 contracts totaling $19.5 million that it awarded while the agency was in conservatorship from March 2007 to October 2008. While the Texas Government Code grants a conservator a series of powers and duties, it does not specifically exempt a conservator from complying with state procurement rules.
- TYC has not increased the number of certified sex offender counselors in its treatment programs or retained necessary documentation to support its staffing projections for juvenile correctional officers for fiscal years 2008 and 2009.
- In fiscal year 2007, TYC proposed closing five residential facilities. As a result, the Legislature reduced TYC's appropriations for fiscal years 2008 and 2009. However, TYC continues to operate the Victory Field Correctional Academy and the West Texas State School, which were two of the facilities that TYC proposed closing. TYC reported it spent $21.8 million during fiscal year 2008 to operate these two facilities.
- TYC did not ensure that its Office of Inspector General (1) received and investigated all reported allegations of mistreatment or (2) initiated and completed investigations of alleged mistreatment within 30 days as required by agency policy.
As for the facility closures, those will be decided in the conference committee on the budget. The House wants to keep them, the Senate wants to close them. The no-bid contracts are an unfortunate legacy of conservators' past, but not anything the current management can do anything about now.
Emily Ramshaw at the Dallas News focused particularly on new data about delays in investigating abuse cases, pointing out that SAO says "TYC took an average of 100 days to complete an abuse or neglect investigation - compared to 57 days in 2006, before the abuse scandal broke. The agency requires them to be complete in 30 days. 'TYC should evaluate whether [it has] the staffing resources necessary to complete investigations within the required time frames,' the report states."
See the full SAO report (pdf).