California departments not tracking stimulus funds, auditor says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A report from California’s auditor says that five state agencies aren’t doing enough to ensure that federal stimulus money is being spent properly.

State Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report issued Monday that the five agencies weren’t following federal reporting policies to make sure that qualified people were getting government help.

At the Department of Health Care Services, Howle says 215 people who received Medi-Cal payments through the department, using federal stimulus money, weren’t eligible for the program.

Howle also says the Department of Transportation overstated the number of jobs it saved or created with stimulus dollars by at least 390 positions.

Also named in the report was the Employment Development Department, Department of Rehabilitation and Department of Social Services.