Daily Outrage: Contractors bill New Jersey $27 per light bulb

WHAT: The New Jersey state auditor has reviewed about half the billing for a $119 million weatherization program paid by U.S. stimulus money and found that nearly 9 percent of the charges were bogus — including one invoice for $27 per light bulb.
 
HOW: Weatherization providers were reimbursed for unreasonable costs because of inadequate review of financial reports and lack of oversight. The auditor called the state Community Affairs Department’s inspection of contractor expenditures “cursory.”
 
WHAT’S BEING DONE: To date, the Community Affairs Department has replaced the two most-senior state officials overseeing the program and reassigned a third one. The department also hired an independent accounting firm to audit program invoices.

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