Rockford Asked to Return $205,000 to Federal Government

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The federal government is requesting that the city of Rockford return $205,000 that was claimed as federal stimulus money.

According to a report from the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Health and Human Service Department, the city was given over $1 million in stimulus money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from 2009-2010.

About $600,000 spent by the city was reviewed by the inspector general's office. It says only $250,000 was applicable under the act's requirements. Out of the $205,000 that should be returned, the office reasons that $123,000 was inadequately documented, $72,000 was charged outside of the time period allotted and $9,000 was due to entertainment costs. It also states that the city needs to review its monitoring procedures and include subcontractor costs to ensure it is following federal requirements.

In a written response to the report, the city of Rockford says it does not need to return the $205,000 back to the federal government. It states that the funds were expected to be allotted too quickly without enough time or proper comprehension of all requirements.

Another $141,000 is also being questioned by the federal government as to whether it was spent according to all federal requirements.

The full report can be found here: https://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region5/51200012.pdf


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