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Nonprofits using public money need closer outside oversight

Governments in Massachusetts use a labyrinth of nonprofit agencies to carry out a host of public needs — from special education to poverty relief — but the failure to regulate some of these agencies has become a sad, familiar story in the state. The latest chapter involves a Somerville anti-poverty program.

Back in 2010, a state review found serious weaknesses in the basic fiscal management of the Community Action Agency of Somerville. But no one did anything to address the questions swirling around the agency, which receives $5.6 million in state and federal funding to run Head Start programs in Somerville and Cambridge.

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