Federal Sexual Assault Grants Improperly Used By State?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s inspector general has found that some federal stimulus money intended to improve services for victims of sexual assault has not been used properly.

Inspector General Laura Chick on Wednesday said the California Emergency Management Agency failed to step in when two agencies did not achieve the desired goals. The agency distributed more than $13 million in federal grants and oversees the spending.

In some cases, the report said the agency downgraded expectations instead of holding the agencies accountable for meeting goals. In others, stimulus money was spent on office and travel expenses instead of conducting training programs and developing response manuals for sexual assault cases.

CalEMA spokesman Jay Alan says the agency takes the findings seriously and will take corrective action if necessary.

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