Interior Department Says Louisiana Coastal Program Lacks Oversight

Oct 20, 2014

The Interior Department Inspector General says two federal agencies lack of oversight when dealing with coastal restoration grants in Louisiana.

An audit of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program outlines concerns about contract awards and other financial matters.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority are in charge of that coastal impact program. They say the audit didn't cite serious problems, but did point out areas for improvement.

The audit says that "poor administration and lax monitoring of early grant projects" have persisted under the Fish and Wildlife Service's management of the program.

Wildlife Service officials say the audit was done at their request.