Alcohol prevention group scrutinized in state audit
LINCOLN — Nebraska’s state auditor says Project Extra Mile made a number of unallowable and unreasonable expenses with grant monies in 2015-16, including a $4,600 recognition dinner that was “more of an entertainment-based event than a technical meeting” and too many meals from Jason’s Deli for training events.
But interim director Diane Riibe called the report, issued Wednesday by State Auditor Charlie Janssen, politically motivated, nitpicky and factually inaccurate in places.
“Nowhere is there fraud. Nowhere is there mismanagement. Nowhere is there malfeasance,” said Riibe, who stepped in at the alcohol prevention group after former director Nicole Carritt resigned in May. “So you have to ask, ‘Why?’ ”