Audit finds First Things First program running smoothly

Posted at 8:37 AM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 11:37:41-04

A state audit of the First Things First program, which distributes grants for child development programs, has found that the agency is running smoothly.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Senate President Andy Biggs sought an audit of First Things First roughly 10 months ago to find if the agency was duplicating services provided by other agencies, but the Arizona Auditor General's Office found that is not the case.

The First Things First childhood education and health program is paid for through tobacco taxes. Biggs had suggested declining tobacco revenue may mean the agency is now duplicating other services and that it's time to take a look at the operation.

First Things First officials say the audit was politically motivated but that they were pleased with their results.