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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Audit Reveals State Law Enforcement Depts Are Shortchanged by Feds

From washingtonpost.com: Lax oversight of federal law enforcement grants tied up hundreds of millions of dollars for eight years and potentially shortchanged state and local crime-fighting programs, a Justice Department audit found Wednesday.

The report by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine found that leftover money from thousands of expired grants between October 1997 and December 2005 sat unused because officials failed to keep close track of the programs once they ended.

If the offices had dealt with expired grants in a timely fashion, "hundreds of millions of dollars in questioned costs could have been used to provide the DOJ with additional resources to fund other programs or returned to the federal government's general fund," the audit concluded.

A Justice Department spokesman did not have an immediate response.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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