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Internal audits question Ottawa’s oversight of first-nations infrastructure – Globe and Mail

by NationTalk on January 5, 2012580 Views

Audits question Ottawa’s oversight of first-nations infrastructure

HEATHER SCOFFIELD
OTTAWA— The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, Jan. 05, 2012

Two government audits show Ottawa is earmarking about a billion dollars a year to build and repair first-nations infrastructure, but its myriad officials are not keeping proper tabs on how the money is spent.

Even as Prime Minister Stephen Harper accuses the Attawapiskat First Nations of mismanaging federal funds, the internal audits posted recently suggest the criticism could apply to the federal bureaucracy as well.

The audits say there are “significant gaps” in how the on-reserve infrastructure funding is controlled, and that the financial reporting system is riddled with inconsistencies.

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