ND Highway Patrol audit shows underutilized grant dollars

BISMARCK, N.D. - A report from the North Dakota state auditor shows that federal grant dollars were not being fully utilized by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Due to miscommunication during transitions and expenses made after a grant was closed, more than $40,000 was spent from the general fund. Part of the cause was programs changing.

"It went from three programs to one program. Those three programs were a border enforcement grant, a new entrant program, and was the regular MCSAP program that merged into one program during the audit period," Maj. Aaron Hummel said.

Much of the funds were returned to the federal government due to underutilization. Of the six federal grants offered, more than $160,000 of it was returned.