Hickenlooper: Terror spending records "ridiculous"

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Governor John Hickenlooper calls the lack of records on how Colorado has spent its Homeland Security money "ridiculous."

Hickenlooper says the problem wasn't "malevolence", but an "unintended consequence" of shifting responsibility for tracking anti-terrorism grant spending among three agencies since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Denver Post found that the state doesn't have a database listing everything state and local governments bought with $354 million in grants. Thousands of dollars were spent on mobile command units that are primarily used for non-emergency events.

Hickenlooper is preparing to change responsibility for tracking spending for the fourth time. He's considering putting the job back in the hands of the Department of Public Safety, the agency that first tracked spending following the attacks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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