Ohio officials owe the federal government more than $3 million for excessive child care claims, according to a federal watchdog.

The Child Care Development Fund program spent more than $41 million — about $38 million in federal dollars —between 2007 and 2011.

The program, which provides families with "childcare subsidy and supports to improve quality of care," should not let administrative expenses exceed 5 percent, according to federal regulations.

The audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Inspector General found that Ohio's HHS claimed $3,164,30 of federal dollars in unallowable administrative costs.

Ohio requested a waiver for the costs from 2007 and 2008 — around $2.6 million — because the fiscal year is closed — and agreed to pay the difference.