Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 13, 2013

COPS grant overtime issue addressed in audit

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — An annual audit of the city’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, found only one questionable issue, a certified public accountant from Taylor, Polson & Co. told the Glasgow City Council on Monday.

The issue related to an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Recovery Program grant awarded to the Glasgow Police Department. Of the $102,989 in wages and benefits charged to the grant funds, $10,123 was for overtime and incentive wages. The findings in the audit state: “Overtime and incentive wages expended in the program are not allowed costs.”

Those wages “are subject to disallowance and are therefore considered questioned costs subject to a refund to U.S. Department of Justice,” according to the audit findings.

The cause for the issue is said to be “because the new grant oversight official did not have a complete understanding of the grant requirements,” the findings state.

The auditor’s recommendation was that “all grant agreements should be reviewed carefully for specific requirements before any expenditures are charged to the program” and it states that the city had already contacted the U.S. DOJ regarding the procedures to file corrected reports and repay the costs.

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