Federal stimulus funding has provided $242 million to Illinois to weatherize more than 25,000 homes, but poor oversight of that work puts the funding at risk and in some cases puts the residents of poorly weatherized homes in danger, an audit report warns.
In an interim report released today, the Energy Department's inspector general warned that oversight of the Illinois program is failing at many levels.
The inspector general report says the state of Illinois has failed to inspect any weatherized units completed by seven of the 35 local agencies carrying out the work. The state also lacks a system for tracking major findings of its inspections and has not inspected 5 percent of DOE-funded weatherized units, as required by DOE.
The report was issued before the audit was complete in light of the seriousness of the problems found, the inspectors said. Similar reviews are currently being conducted in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, they said.
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