Monday, December 21, 2009

State wastes $700,000 — pays company twice

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 1:43 PM

In news that may make you want to scream:

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources squandered nearly $700,000 this year buying environmental restoration from a company that had already been paid for the same work by another state agency nine years earlier, according to a state legislative review released today.

The state legislature's Program Evaluation Division also found that the state's losses could continue. The environmental agency has certified that the company can sell more acreage for environmental restoration that also had previously been bought by the N.C. Department of Transportation, Dan Kane reports.

"Decisions related to this controversy resulted in actual and potential future losses to the environmental integrity of the Neuse River basin," said the report.

Read the rest of this Raleigh News & Observer article here.

Could it be that some state employees are just idiots?

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