PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State Auditor Pola A. Buckley notified Gov. Paul LePage, Attorney General Janet Mills and several state legislators on Tuesday that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services “improperly managed” more than $13 million in federal welfare funding.

Though the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds that were transferred to a Social Services Block Grant program were returned to the federal government in July 2016, Buckley said in a two-page letter dated Oct. 18 that she considered the matter serious enough to bring to their attention.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 15: The exterior of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seen August 15, 2006 in Washington, DC.