States generally are using federal Recovery Act funds "to stabilize budgets and cope with fiscal distress," according to a new update on state stimulus spending by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a federal watchdog agency. GAO is mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to track selected states' and localities' use of stimulus funds and ensure that they are using federal dollars wisely. GAO, which is reviewing 16 states and Washington, D.C., representing about 65 percent of the U . . .
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