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Ohio's inspector general raises question about training dollars
Says documentation on $250,000 is missing or incomplete; makes referral to feds and Ohio auditor
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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Ohio’s anti-corruption watchdog agency says its investigation into the way federal recovery act money was spent for workforce training programs here shows sloppy record-keeping and questionable spending. Here is statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen with details.
COHEN: Spending not documented

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As part of the federal recovery act, Ohio spent more than $1 million in the southwestern part of the state to train women, minorities and others so they could eventually get into apprenticeship programs as plumbers electricians and construction workers.

But Ohio’s inspector general says there were problems with the way those grants were administered. The grants went to unions and nonprofits and the IG says in some cases, there wasn’t proper documentation that money was spent properly on things like food, rental space and employee time.

The IG says a quarter million dollars of the spending questionable. That’s why his agency has sent the results of the probe to the state auditor, the federal labor department and other agencies.

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