Many Virginia State Agencies Don't Track Federal Grants
"Virginia does a haphazard job of monitoring federal tax dollars it passes along to local groups, and the state auditor’s office says that needs to change."
Watson continues her reporting, writing:
"Each year, about $2.5 billion federal tax dollars travel through Virginia state coffers and into the hands of local governments, nonprofit organizations and even some for-profit organizations.
"That amounts to somewhere around $300 for every man, woman and child in the commonwealth, but it’s hard to say where all of it’s going, or if it’s being used properly. It’s the middleman — the state agencies — that are responsible for tracking the audits of those dollars, and some aren’t doing their job, according to a new audit from Virginia’s Auditor of Public Accounts.
"Of the 16 middleman state agencies studied, three haven’t kept any tabs on the final recipients of federal tax dollars. Only three checked the federal award amounts against audited statements.
“The commonwealth of Virginia is not fulfilling all of its responsibilities as a pass-through entity,” the report found. “There were several sub-recipients who unknowing to the commonwealth did not appear to meet the audit requirements…”
"Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and Virginia Information Technologies Agency all failed to track federal dollars they handed off, the audit finds. State auditors didn’t study where the dollars went, so it’s impossible to tell whether they were used properly."
Watson also reported the responses of state agencies to the VAPA audit as well as another VAPA audit, which "pointed out the General Assembly has done nothing in 15 years to hold accountable the hundreds of local government-created “supervisory” entities that control hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars." Read the remainder of her report here.
One wonders if any of the current members of Arlington County's delegation in the Virginia General Assembly have patroned legislation to hold those "local government-created 'supervisory' entities accountable for the millions of taxpayer monies entrusted to them, as described in the previous paragraph, rather than patroning legislation to satisfy special interests. Members of Arlington's delegation are:
Senate of Virginia
- 30th District -- Adam P. Ebbin (D)
- 31st District -- Barbara A. Favola (D
- 32nd District -- Janet D. Howell (D)
House of Delegates
- 45th District -- Rob Krupicka (D)
- 47th District -- Patrick A. Hope (D)
- 48th District -- R. C. “Rip” Sullivan (D)
- 49th District -- Alfonso H. Lopez (D)
Growls readers are urged to communicate their concerns with members of the Arlington delegation. Contact information for members of the General Assembly can be found here -- use one of the "quick links" to locate the senator and delegate who represent your district. And tell them ACTA sent you!
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