Posted: Sep 5, 2011 6:41 PM by Gene Cotton
Updated: Sep 5, 2011 6:44 PM
DENVER (AP) - State and local governments in Colorado have received $354 million in federal grants for homeland security since 2002.
The Denver Post reported Sunday that spending records are incomplete, and that some spending had little to do with fighting terrorism.
State officials acknowledge that record-keeping was hurt because oversight was handled by three agencies at one time or another, and by inconsistent accounting.
The newspaper says a $1 million grant check sat in an unused Denver mailbox for six months because an accounting system failed to note it was missing. The accounting system has been changed.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on mobile command units that are primarily used for non-emergency events.
State officials say emergency responders are better trained and better equipped because of the grants.