The Government Accountability Office says the Justice Department has accumulated $27 million in unused grant funds for its Bulletproof Vest Partnership program since the program launched 14 years ago. Only $2 million of those expired grant funds have been made available for other uses – leaving $25 million in taxpayer money sitting around.
GAO’s David Maurer told a House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday that a 2012 GAO report found that DOJ “had not taken steps to de-obligate about $27 million in unused funds from grant awards that had expired.”
When asked by CNSNews.com what happened to those funds — which now total $25 million — Maurer said the money is “sitting in an account at the Department of Justice.”
Since Congress passed the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, more than $340 million in grants have been awarded.