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Metro Council’s Accountability Committee to Begin Investigation into Department of Housing and Family Services Today

Monday July 21, 2008

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release                            
Contact:  Chris Lewis
574-1351 / 419-9014

Louisville, KY –  The Metro Council’s Government Accountability and Audit Committee will meet today July 21st at 3:30 p.m. to begin its investigation into the approximately $19.5 million dollars in housing grants that have been lost, forgotten or unclaimed. These grants were awarded for important human service programs such as Project Warm, Lead Safe Louisville, the Healing Place and various Neighborhood Partnerships.

The Committee will hear testimony from Mr. William Meyer of Strothman & Company PSC who will be presenting the Single Audit Reports under OMB Circular A-133, the latest published federal grant audit. He will be covering the findings from their 2007 audit which includes follow up from the 2006 audit. Their responsibility is to express an opinion on Metro Government’s compliance with requirements contained in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement for each major federal program, as well as issuing a report on internal control over financial reporting.

Mr. Mike Norman, Director, Office of Internal Audit, will also speak before the committee to discuss their role in auditing/reviewing grants in the past and their plans for the future.

This issue caught the attention of Metro Council members during Budget Hearings in June with the Department for Housing and Family Services. Council members expressed concern and suggested that further investigation by the Government Accountability Committee was necessary.

The Government Accountability and Audit Committee will begin its review today, July 21st at 3:30 p.m. in the Metro Council Chambers. The review will be conducted over several meetings and will seek answers from all agencies involved.