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Mead: Wyoming 'commited to a thorough evaluation' of questionable anti-terrorism spending

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Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security is addressing concerns raised by a federal audit, says Gov. Matt Mead.

The audit, released by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General in February, identified nearly $400,000 in questionable spending of homeland security program grants, money meant to be spent on anti-terrorism and natural disaster planning and prevention. The audit was first reported Sunday by the Star-Tribune.

In a news release, Mead said the state office is working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deal with issues raised by the federal oversight agency's audit, has already answered a number of concerns, and will have a corrective plan in place by August.

“We have an obligation to follow all program rules. I have asked (the Office of) Homeland Security to work closely with the inspector general to provide answers,” Mead stated. “We are committed to a thorough evaluation.”

The audit, which examined state management of the grant program from 2010 to 2012, noted several instances of questionable spending, including $15,866 for a take-home car for the Laramie County undersheriff and $25,904 spent by the state Division of Criminal Investigation on neighborhood drug activity cameras.

Homeland security program grant funding during those two years totaled $14.55 million.


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