Auditor Galloway to hold state government accountable as billions in federal stimulus dollars are sent to Missouri

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today announced that her office will examine the state’s distribution and spending of federal funding expected to be received by the CARES Act. President Trump is set to sign a stimulus plan that could result in billions of dollars in federal funding to the state of Missouri for assistance with the COVID-19 response. Auditor Galloway says she will ensure funds are being spent effectively and will identify any potential vulnerability for waste, fraud or abuse. Additionally, the Auditor’s Office will develop an online resource so that Missourians can understand how state government is spending the federal funding.

The effort will be similar to work by the previous State Auditor’s administration, which reviewed the state’s use of funds received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under Article IV, Section 13 of the Missouri Constitution, the State Auditor has a duty to ensure the accuracy of the state’s accounting of its spending.

Each year, the State Auditor’s Office completes an annual review of the management of billions in federal funds by the state. This year’s Statewide Single Audit reviewed 12 major federal programs with expenditures totaling approximately $8.8 billion.

 

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