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Comptroller questions DHS weatherization

Comptroller questions DHS weatherization

The Press 12/23

Federal stimulus money intended to provide home weatherization improvements for low-income persons is being wasted or misspent, a preliminary review by the Comptroller’s Division of State Audit has revealed.

In April 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the state $99 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds for the program, plus another $7 million in non-ARRA funding during fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.    

 The WAP program is administered by the Department of Human Services, which contracts with local governments and nonprofit organizations across the state.

State auditors reviewed files for 444 homes that were weatherized through the WAP program and found deficiencies in more than half of those cases.  

Some files lacked adequate documentation, including verification that applicants met income eligibility requirements and properly completed inspection reports that would indicate whether weatherization work was properly performed.

At the conclusion of the audit process, the state auditors will report the amount of costs that are questioned.  It will be the responsibility of Department of Human Services to take appropriate actions with regard to the subrecipients.

Approximately 6,800 homes have received weatherization assistance just for the period ended June 30, 2010.

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