A newly created Louisiana state collections agency will seek to reclaim state funds given to 23 nongovernmental agencies that didn't comply with rules for using them.

Those agencies were to submit plans for using the money, including budgets showing how it would be spent and regular reports showing how it was used. An executive order by Gov. Bobby Jindal gave the state authority to reclaim the funds regardless of whether the money was spent.

Among the agencies sent to the Louisiana Office of Debt Recovery were: Community Services of Richland Inc; Rapides Primary Health Care Center Inc.; Tab-N-Action (Boy Scouts of Ouachita Parish, La.); and Novice House (Monroe, La.).

One organization on the delinquent list, The Colomb Foundation of Lafayette, recently delivered a box of receipts to Kennedy’s office. State Treasurer John Kennedy said that delivery did not comply with the requirements but he was trying to help by seeing if there was sufficient information to drop The Colomb Foundation from the list.

Kennedy said his staff couldn’t handle the volume of receipts, so he sent it to the legislative auditor’s office to weed through them.

The Colomb Foundation's mission, according to its Web site, is to "promote reading in children, teach women how to stay safe and organize fundraising for cancer research.

The Office of Debt Recovery was approved by state lawmakers in June as a way to ease a backlog of delinquencies owed by state agencies, an estimated $1.4 billion at that time. The debts were said to range from delinquent college tuition installments to environmental monitoring fees. 

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