NJ criticized in Homeland Security audit

October 21, 2011 4:49:11 AM PDT
New Jersey has returned more than $2 million after a U.S. Homeland Security Department audit found the state needs to better monitor the way it spends the money.

The audit examined how the state spent funds meant to help towns respond to terrorist attacks and other emergencies from fiscal years 2007 through 2009. The state received more than $186 million during that period.

The Record newspaper reports auditors found New Jersey has generally "distributed and spent State Homeland Security Program and Urban Areas Security Initiative grant funds effectively and efficiently."

However, auditors said the state could not demonstrate quantifiable preparedness improvement and accomplishments the state did not set "measurable target levels of performance."


Information from: The Record, http://www.northjersey.com