Audit: ATL Can’t Account for Grants
(AJC) — A federal audit questions the handling of millions of dollars awarded the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department. The audit of several grants — awarded 2006-2009 — sharply criticizes staffing decisions, the caliber of people assigned to report progress to U.S. Department of Justice and lack of attention to details.
Several paragraphs in the report are devoted to $197,466 in the 2006 federal budget for a city program to teach 1,200 young people conflict resolution skills. Atlanta recruited the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to run the program. The report said the SCLC spent $106,500 of the money on salaries and benefits. The SCLC also reimbursed its executive director $1,835 for gas bought at stations between Atlanta and her home in Opelika, Ala.
“It is unclear to us how the gasoline purchases helped the city achieve the program goal to teach conflict resolution skills to 1,200 city of Atlanta youths,” the report said. Incoming SCLC President Dr. Howard Creecy said a distinction must be made between the current SCLC and the group that used the grant money.