Oregon auditors find mistakes, question state spending

Auditors found $6.4 billion in accounting errors, but it doesn't mean the state misspent the money. It means the money was incorrectly categorized.

State auditors found billions of dollars in accounting mistakes and said Oregon potentially spent about $5 million of federal money in ways that may not have met government requirements, according to a report released Wednesday. 

Every year, state auditors dig into the financial records of Oregon government agencies. Wednesday’s report reflects two efforts: to check that the state’s financial information is accurate, and to determine whether state agencies are obeying the federal government’s requirements on how federal money is spent.

Oregon received $17 billion in federal money in the 2020 fiscal year for programs ranging from agricultural research to health care coverage.

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