Columbus Dispatch...Once praised as the “gold standard” for moving quickly to weatherize thousands of homes with $267 million in federal stimulus money, Ohio fell short of minimal inspection requirements and did not stop shoddy work, a government watchdog said yesterday.
State Inspector General Randall Meyer faulted Department of Development officials for emphasizing the quantity of projects over quality.
Local agencies that did poor work got full funding for meeting “production targets,” he said, while agencies with better inspection records lost out on funding because they did not do enough projects.
“Our state agencies need to remember the people who pay for the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, as well as the people who receive benefits from it, expect and deserve to know the money is being properly spent,” Meyer said in a statement.
Most of the stimulus money already has been spent.
According to the inspector general’s report, just 1 in 100 of the projects IMPACT completed in 2010 was inspected by the state. But Chilton said that the inspections the agency did receive found few problems.
“In the last report we had, there were no findings,” he said
Mason Gray, a spokesman for the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Action Agency, said he had not seen the report and could not comment on it.
In 2009, The Dispatch found, the agency passed just 14 percent of state inspections on its weatherization projects...Read More