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Report Questions DAS Spending

DES MOINES, IA (AP) -- A report says the Iowa Department of Administrative Services has spent more money instead of saving money as the agency has claimed in Government Oversight Committee hearings.   

Legislative Services Agency Director Holly Lyons presented a report Tuesday that says DAS spent 17 percent more money between 2011 and 2013. DAS Deputy Director Lon Anderson says the report does not include savings from construction projects and includes spending from other agency budgets.   

The Department of Administrative Services oversees all state building construction, human resources and purchasing.   

At Tuesday's hearing, Democratic Sen. Matt McCoy argued the agency is too large for proper oversight and needs to be restructured.   

The committee continues its hearing focusing Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday on allegations of political interference at Iowa Workforce Development.

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