Department of Health and Human Services

"Review of Urban and Rural Economic Development Grants Administered By The Coastal Enterprises, Inc. September 30, 1997 Through September 29, 2000," (A-01-01-02506)

February 26, 2002


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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This audit was performed to assess Coastal Enterprises, Inc.'s (CEI) performance in achieving project objectives and its accountability for Federal funds.  We determined that CEI properly accounted for Federal funds.  However, we also found that CEI had not achieved the grantís employment goals by the end of the grant period (60 new jobs, with 45 targeted to low income people).  The main cause of this was that the company CEI originally cited in its grant proposal closed down about six months after the beginning of the grant period.  By the time a replacement was found and approved by ACF, only 4.5 months remained to the original grant period.  In that time, Kent, the replacement company hired 18 employees, with 14 qualifying as low income.