Politics & Government

Auditor tells Olympia School District to check on vendors

The Olympia School District should take steps to verify food vendors are eligible to receive federal grants, the state auditor reported this week.

All of the vendors that received money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Olympia School District’s food programs were eligible to receive federal money, but auditors found two instances between September 2008 and August 2009 when school district staff members did not verify that the vendors were eligible, according to the state auditor’s office. One vendor was paid $136,698 and the second was paid $35,191, according to the auditor’s office.

According to the auditor’s report, some district staffers were unaware of the requirement. Olympia district officials agreed with the findings and created a form to ensure compliance with the requirements of the grant, the report said.