Although our investigation revealed that Commissioner Walker and Dr. Tate had a previous working relationship, we found that her hire was based on qualifications and pursuant to established policy. However, we did find that Dr. Tate billed a substantial amount of hours during her three years at DHR. Because of the lack of “real time” documentation, such as billing entries typical of many professionals, we were unable to conclusively determine Dr. Tate’s exact hours. Had DHR required Dr. Tate to record her hours on a real time basis and report her time entries to the state, there would have been a more accurate record from which we could have verified her hours worked. In addition, we found that DHR lacked internal controls in reviewing and verifying Dr. Tate’s hours.UPDATE: This AJC story has more details of Dr. Tate's arrangment with the state:
After earning $33,300 in fiscal year 2005, Tate earned $121,900 in fiscal 2006 and $127,050 the next year as a “support services worker” for the DHR, according to state Department of Audits and Accounts records.