(07/25/11) - For the past month, the United States Department of Energy has suspended funding for at least $1.3 million of federal grants for the city of Flint.
The action comes a month after an investigation into some of the city's spending practices was launched by the Department of Energy.
Flint is not the only city being audited. ABC12 reporters were told that it is common for cities to be reviewed on how they are spending or planning to spend grant money.
Mayor Dayne Walling held a press conference to address the audit. City Administrator Gregory Eason was standing with him.
Walling says Eason is one of two high-ranking mayoral appointees, who were asked to provide personnel files by Federal officials.
Supeonas requested information dating back to April 2009, months before Walling took office. The mayor insists it is simply a formality by Federal officials.
Walling told ABC12 that the city had five weeks to submit the documents, but sent them within 24-hours.
Walling also stated that the city is conducting its own independent investigation and welcomes the Federal oversight. He added that about half the planned work has been completed and some of the vendors have been paid.
For now, the grant funding has been suspended by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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