Audit Outlines Concerns in Coastal Grant Program

BATON ROUGE (AP) — An audit by the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General cites two federal agencies for their lack of oversight when dealing with coastal restoration grants in Louisiana.

         The audit of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program outlines concerns about contract awards and other financial matters, according to reporter Amy Wold with The Advocate

         The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which are in charge of the program, say the audit didn't cite serious problems, but did point out areas for improvement.

         The audit says that "poor administration and lax monitoring of early grant projects" have persisted under the Fish and Wildlife Service's management of the program.

         U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the audit was done at their request.

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