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State audit faults college's financial practices

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pima Community College's financial accountability practices get low grades from a legislative watchdog agency.

The Auditor General's Office reports that the Tucson-based school is deficient in using competitive bidding to award contracts and is lax in tracking employees' work hours.

The auditors' report for the school year that ended last June also says the college may have overpaid for legal services and consulting services.

A spokesman for the college says it is fixing or has already fixed the shortcomings cited in the report.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, an accrediting organization is separately reviewing the college's practices.

A team from the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission has visited the college and the commission is expected to report its findings soon.

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