- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - An audit says the U.S. Treasury Department needs better oversight of federally funded blight removal programs in six states including Michigan.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report the audit from Special Inspector General Christy Romero reiterates concerns she offered in January. Romero says the Treasury Department should keep a closer eye on funds initially set aside for helping homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Mark McArdle, the department’s chief homeownership preservation officer, says the suggestion that the department should manage day-to-day implementation of each state effort doesn’t reflect how the program is supposed to work.

Romero’s office has been auditing $372 million committed to anti-blight efforts. Michigan was approved for $175 million for blight removal, mostly in Detroit. Other approved programs are in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina.

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