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Virginia Hasn't Spent $38M In DHS Grants, Audit Finds

Virginia has not spent more than $38 million of federal Department of Homeland security grants it has received since 2008, the Associated Press reports. Virginia received a total of $90 million in homeland security grants from the federal government between 2008 and 2010, according to a federal audit. 

The audit from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's office criticizes the state for not doling out the money more quickly to local governments for things such as improved communication equipment and other emergency response gear. It also faults the state for failing to establish measurable goals for the grants and for slack oversight.

But Virginia officials say the audit doesn't paint a clear picture, because although some of the funds haven't been used yet, they have all been allocated. They say the funds will all be spent by next year. 

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