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Sep 10, 2013 10:41 PM by Associated Press

Audit says CA parks department needs fixes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new audit says California's parks department still needs to make accounting fixes in the wake of a financial scandal.

The Los Angeles Times says the state audit released Tuesday found continuing problems.

The department was hit by scandal last year when it was discovered that officials hid $54 million from the governor and Legislature in special funds at a time when a budget crisis threatened to close dozens of parks.

In addition, it's been found that employees were inappropriately reimbursed some $300,000 for unused vacation time.

The audit says enough hasn't been done to prevent such reimbursements.

However, parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters says the department plans to have a new accounting system in place by year's end.

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