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Investigation: Virginia Has $870 Million in Questioned Costs from CARES Funding

By Adam Andrzejewski

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Investigation by Adam Andrzejewski originally published by and

Virginia had more than $870.6 million in questioned spending using federal funding from the pandemic-era CARES Act, an accounting and auditing firm said in a recent memo to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General.

The firm Castro & Company reviewed transactions made using the funding, made possible through GrantSolutions.

The CARES Act stipulated that states had to report information like the total amount of “large covered funds” that were received and spent, along with the projects they were spent on and any subcontracts or subgrants that were involved.

Castro & Company reviewed 50 transactions made by Virginia in the GrantSolutions portal and found that “Virginia did not comply with the CARES Act and Treasury’s Guidance.”

Castro questioned $870.6 million worth of expenditures and concluded that “Virginia’s risk of unallowable use of funds is high.”

Spending is a “questioned cost, according to federal regulations:

(a) which resulted from a violation or possible violation of a statute, regulation, or the terms and conditions of a Federal award, including for funds used to match Federal funds;

(b) where the costs, at the time of the audit, are not supported by adequate documentation; or

(c) where the costs incurred appear unreasonable and do not reflect the actions a prudent person would take in the circumstances.

For context, Virginia received $3.1 billion in such funds, meaning about 28% of expenditures resulted in questioned costs. Castro has recommended that the Treasury Inspector General follow up with Virginia to ensure compliance in reporting.

If states accept and spend federal funds, the least they can do is take the time to comply with the law and report spending so the federal government can provide oversight. Now, without additional information, it’s impossible to determine if these costs went to legitimate relief programs, or if they were spent on wasteful pet projects so common in the pandemic era.

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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