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State inspector general Laura Chick discusses oversight of federal stimulus money

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California’s in line for about $50 billion of federal stimulus money. The state’s inspector general, Laura Chick, is in charge of making sure California spends it well.

She told KPCC’s "Patt Morrison" that it’s not easy to keep track of which federal agencies the money’s coming from, or where in the state bureaucracy it’s going.

Laura Chick: “I’m nervous. I’m nervous that it isn’t more clear to me. If it’s not more clear to me, I can’t turn around and explain it to you. And more importantly, what about all of those people, companies, vendors, businesses that want to access some of that money, that want to be a part of it, and there’s mushy information?"

Chick said large amounts of the stimulus cash will go toward unemployment benefits, keeping public school teachers in the classroom, health care and social services, and transportation projects.