- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Department of Marine Resources within months of signing a contract with the firm that conducted a 60-day review of the agency last year has more than doubled the amount of money the agency will pay.

DMR signed a contract in October with Horne LLP for grant and accounting management assistance, according to documents on the state’s transparency site. Those documents say the contract is worth $100,000.

However, an internal DMR memo on Jan. 17 said the contract amount will be increased to $250,000.

The contract expires at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

DMR spokeswoman Melissa Scallan tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1nbWUa8 ) Horne is being paid from various funds, depending on what department the group is working in

She says most of the work is accounting.