Millions for state health upgrades go unspent

January 18, 2007
by Alison Young
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Such a lack of transparency potentially contributes to the program's problems, said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based nonprofit that annually evaluates public health preparedness. "The taxpayers have a right to know who is complying with minimal financial reporting requirements," he said, noting that this may be an indicator of larger problems at a health department. Levi said he understands that CDC may not want to embarrass state officials, but governors and legislators need to know if states haven't filed so they can take action, either clearing bureaucratic roadblocks to spending money, or holding administrators accountable for being ineffective.

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