Arizona Has Yet to Digitize Homeland Security Records

caveman_business-cardhighIt’s hard to comprehend doing anything without the aid of computers these days, but the state of Arizona’s Department of Homeland Security seems to be holding fast to a simpler time of paper records and file cabinets.

According to research by the Center for Investigative Journalism, Arizona is the only state that still has not digitized spending records for homeland security programs.

“At the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, we are interested in digitizing records but have no concrete or funded plans in place to do so at this time,” said spokeswoman Amy Bolton.

Due to a flawed accounting system, Arizona over billed the government $1.7 million dollars, which probably could have been avoided had an up-to-date system been in place. The inspector general at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security also discovered that Arizona did not monitor local communities receiving grant funds.

Without following up with the communities, there is no way of determining whether the grants are making a positive difference in terms of defense and preparation against a possible threat.

For a state with harsh, arid deserts which makes it hard for vegetation to grow, Arizona should probably refrain from killing trees to uphold their paper record system.


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