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January 24, 2014

Lawmakers, DCF officials discuss operations at troubled agency


Rep. Kay Khan, who co-chairs the Children and Families Committee, asked why the school did not contact the family about the missing boy. DCF General Counsel Virginia Peel said there are certain facts DCF agreed not to discuss in public.

Rachel Neff, a spokeswoman for the Office of Education, said the Head Start center the 5-year-old attended had been alerted that he was no longer enrolled in the program.

“It’s a workforce issue, I think, and also an oversight issue,” Rep. Stephen DiNatale, a Fitchburg Democrat told the News Service ahead of the hearing.

Rep. Tom Stanley, a Waltham Democrat, said more oversight and audits could be performed to ensure compliance, and suggested the state auditor might want to look into the issue.

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