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Auditor General: Paperwork Logjam is Delaying Too Many State Construction Projects

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 4, 2010
The State Inspector General in charge of monitoring federal stimulus funds says an understaffed California Historic Preservation Office is slowing down the creation of new jobs.

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
 Inspector General Laura Chick says there’s a huge backlog of construction projects awaiting approval by the state’s Office of Historic Preservation. 

So, she’s written Governor Schwarzenegger a letter asking him to reverse furloughs for state workers at the office to get the projects moving quickly...
Chick:   “For everyday that a project’s paperwork is sitting on a desk in the Historic Preservation Office...men and women are standing out on the street waiting for that construction company to hire them to do that job...”
Chick says the state should also consider bringing in historians and architects who could volunteer their services. 

She says the logjam isn’t jeopardizing the federal funds. 

But, Chick says the stimulus dollars aren’t being used appropriately if they’re not creating jobs as soon as possible. SOC
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