A federal listing of stimulus fund recipients who failed to submit reports on time for the last quarter of 2011 includes three local government entities in Oklahoma. The cities of Enid and Sapulpa received Department of Justice grants while Wagoner County got one from the Department of Energy. Oklahoma Watchdog has received information from all three entities on why the reports were not submitted on time.
Sapulpa Police Chief Rick Rumsey wrote back “I have spoken with the officer in charge of the grant and this problem will be corrected immediately. The remaining $27,776.00 left on this grant will be used to purchase body armor for our officers. Thank you for pointing this problem out to us.” The federal listing is not revised if any reports are turned in after the deadline.
The City of Enid’s Grant Resource Manager, Andrie Winters, says the report filing was “fumbled” because the Police Department decided to take over the reporting function. She says it has since reverted back to her office and the report for the first quarter of 2012 was filed on time. Enid’s $104,000 grant went mostly for electronic ticket-writing machines, but Winters says $23,000 went to Garfield County to purchase a vehicle. Winters says it’s not surprising that an entity might miss a report because there are “so many changes in the federal system” for reporting since the stimulus was passed in 2009.
Wagoner County Clerk Carolyn Kusler wrote back “The Department of Energy award was for replacement of Courthouse windows, Election Board windows, Emergency Management outside lighting, District 3 inside and outside lighting—all energy efficient replacements. The County Engineer managed the project and he has told me that he has submitted all documentation and close out requirements and has received notice from the DOE that they have been received (April, 2012). We are currently tracking all utility expenditures to determine whether there has been any cost savings. A full report will be on our website in June regarding the expenditures and outcomes.” When asked whether submitting all documentation meant that the county was on the list in error, Kusler says she remembers getting a call from the Department of Energy and that she believes that report was late.
The federal government does note whether more than one reporting period was missed and none of the Oklahoma governments had missed more than one.