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FLORIDA LOTTERY SECRETARY ORDERS FULL TRAVEL INQUIRY

 FLORIDA LOTTERY SECRETARY ORDERS FULL TRAVEL INQUIRY
 TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Lottery Secretary Marcia Mann has ordered a full inquiry into travel-related issues within the 5-year-old agency.
 After conferring with Gov. Lawton Chiles, Mann on Tuesday directed Lottery Inspector General Marvin Doyal to begin a full review of all agency travel policies and procedures, in addition to all travel by Lottery Special Assistant James Spencer. Chiles assigned the governor's Inspector General, Robert Brochin, to assist Doyal in the inquiry.
 Questions regarding Spencer's travels were raised in the news media last weekend, prompting a review by Florida Comptroller Gerald Lewis. In a letter hand-delivered on Tuesday, Mann pledged her full support and cooperation to Lewis and his staff.
 "The media has questioned the frequency of trips to Tampa by one of our employees and rightly raised concerns about the appearance of that travel," she said.
 "The public certainly deserves full accountability when a state agency spends travel money in a way that raises concern. I want to see that the issues raised here are fully reviewed, including any shortcomings in the department's travel policies and accounting practices.
 "I have assured the governor that we will take whatever action may be needed following this inquiry," Mann said.
 Mann's letter to the comptroller, dated Aug. 4, follows:
 We understand that a news organization's concern has prompted your office to conduct a second review of travel expenses incurred by the Special Assistant, James Spencer.
 Please be assured that all Lottery personnel will cooperate fully with your staff. The public has every right to expect that state employees comply with all state laws and regulations, including travel.
 Our accounting section has worked diligently to insure that all travel reimbursement vouchers comply with state regulations. However, if errors or overpayments occur, let me assure you that we will take appropriate action immediately.
 I await your final report.
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 /CONTACT: Ed George of Florida Lottery, 904-487-7727/ CO: Florida Lottery ST: Florida IN: SU:


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