Published July 1, 2017
WINDOW ROCK – The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General’s Office has contacted President Russell Begaye requesting that the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) conduct an investigation into allegations of misuse of funds by Navajo Head Start Director Sharon Singer.
“Funding for any of our programs is a critical resource, especially in light of the current budget cuts being proposed at the federal level,” President Begaye said. “In working with the Department of Dine Education, Director Singer has been put on administrative leave effective Jun. 29 as we move forward with an investigation into Navajo Head Start.”
The letter from the HHS Inspector General’s Office alleges that Ms. Singer, with the help of the Central Office of Head Start, is misusing and abusing funds.
According to the HHS Inspector General’s Office, if a complaint is in regard to the Board, Executive Director/CEO, or a Program Director, the governing body is responsible to research the issues or allegations raised, take corrective actions where necessary, and provide a response to the HHS Inspector General regarding the outcome.
“Because the allegations relate to program funding that impact our children at a critical stage in their cognitive development, it’s necessary that we move forward with this investigation to secure continued services of this important program,” said Vice President Jonathan Nez.