Aug 27, 2010 8:15 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Auditors from western states have met in Colorado to discuss the challenges of keeping track of billions of dollars worth of federal stimulus money.
Bozeman, Montana, audit technician Nathaniel Pehl says because election year politics have created a partisan split over whether the $862 billion program is working, "Transparency is the name of the game."
Denver auditor Dennis Gallagher says the federal program is creating and retaining jobs, but trying to keep track of the money as it has been spent has proven difficult. He says an audit found Denver International Airport failed to report two grants to the federal government totaling $11 million. And, he says the Mayor's Office claimed to have created 14 jobs at no expense.
Representatives from North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming also attended the meeting.