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Lawmakers hear full report that details more issues at West Virginia homeland security agency

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

West Virginia National Guard Adj. Gen. James Hoyer, left, and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Michael Todorovich respond to lawmakers’ questions after a completed audit of the agency.
(News and Sentinel photo by Steven Allen Adams)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Last month, lawmakers received a taste of just some of the issues at the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. On Sunday, they learned about all the issues facing the troubled agency and its ability to manage grants.

The Post Audit Subcommittee, made up of majority and minority leadership in the state Senate and House of Delegates, heard an audit report Sunday afternoon of Homeland Security by the Legislative Auditor’s Office.

Auditors gave the subcommittee members a hint of these issues at Homeland Security Nov. 11 in a letter from Legislative Manager Aaron Allred. In that letter, Allred told subcommittee members that in the course of their audit, they found that the state had been under a penalty from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2016 due to Homeland Security not following grant requirements and monitoring since 2009.

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