CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Federal auditors say a nonprofit Nevada fire safety group mismanaged $2.7 million in federal grants and should repay the money issued for fuel reduction projects at Lake Tahoe.
A report released by the Office of Inspector General condemns lax oversight and internal controls by the Nevada Fire Safe Council, a group established in 1999 that serves 130 communities by helping to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires.
Council officials say they are addressing the issues.
Federal auditors began investigating after a hotline caller complained in July 2011 that competitive bidding wasn’t used to hire contractors.
During that review, auditors questioned the council’s ability to account for $3.6 million in federal stimulus grants received through the U.S. Forest Service, as well as $6.2 million in other grants.