Audit: Utah spent $4.4 billion in federal funds in 2016

FILE PHOTO - The Utah State Capitol is viewed Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers kick off their 45-day legislative session Monday with an endless stream of budget meetings and little bit of pomp and circumstance before diving deep into hundreds of bills. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Almost 23 percent of all Utah spending in fiscal year 2016 came from federal funds.

The Deseret News reports ( ) that according to a new state audit, Utah spent nearly $4.4 billion in federal funds in the budget year that ended June 30.

The federal government requires Utah to annually audit its financial statements and its federal programs as a condition of receiving federal money.

The audit is aimed at ensuring compliance for each major federal program. In the report, Utah developed a plan for agencies to correct any accounting deficiencies and errors identified.

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