Missouri education officials cancel contract with disability group

Friday, November 9, 2012 | 6:13 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri education officials are citing "billing irregularities" as grounds for canceling a contract with a nonprofit group that helps disabled people find jobs.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Friday its vocational rehabilitation program is ending a statewide service agreement with Community Employment Inc. The department said the decision was "due to billing irregularities and internal control issues," but did not immediately provide further details.

Officials at the Springfield-based nonprofit organization did not immediately return telephone messages Friday from The Associated Press. Its website lists 10 offices around the state that help disabled individuals develop their skills and find employment.

An online state database shows Community Employment has been paid $11.4 million over the past decade, including more than $700,000 in the budget year that began July 1.

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