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Audit finds fault with monitoring of school construction contracts in Maryland

The Maryland agency charged with overseeing public school construction projects has not properly monitored contracts, projects and maintenance inspections, according to a legislative audit. The Baltimore Sun says auditors concluded that the Interagency Committee on School Construction lacked sufficient controls over tracking contract costs and ensuring that local school systems were executing contracts properly. The audit pertained primarily to fiscal year 2011, when the Interagency Committee approved 355 district-level contracts totaling $566 million—$249 million of which was state funding.

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