If the government gives you $601 million to dole out for highway safety improvements, you’re expected to see that money put to good use.
That probably doesn’t sound terribly surprising, but the Department of Transportation’s inspector general is looking into whether or not the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is dropping a very expensive ball.
The money was meant to be distributed among several states during the 2011 fiscal year for “a wide range of safety programs aimed at reducing fatalities, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes,” according to the inspector general.
It isn’t the first time this has happened either. In 2010, the inspector general tried to investigate how well NHTSA used $900 million meant for research projects, but gave up after two years because of poor record keeping and more pressing issues demanding attention.
[Source: New York Times]