Legislative auditor probes W.Va. router purchases

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s use of a federal broadband stimulus grant is the target of another investigation.

The Legislative Auditor’s office is examining the state’s $24 million purchase of high-powered Internet routers. The money was part of a $126.3 million grant the state received in 2010.

The Charleston Gazette says Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred sent a recent letter to Homeland Security chief Jimmy Gianato asking him to explain why formal bidding procedures were bypassed.

The routers are designed for college campuses and other large entities. The state is installing them in rural schools, small libraries and health clinics.

Gianato tells the newspaper that he will respond to Allred’s letter.

The U.S. Department of Commerce inspector general also is reviewing West Virginia’s use of the stimulus grant.

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