AUSTIN (AP) – A state audit shows the Texas Department of Public Safety improperly used nearly $1 million in federal stimulus money when it overpaid a private border security contract in 2010 but returned the money to the federal account the following year.

The review by the Compliance and Oversight Division of the governor’s office was obtained by the Austin American-Statesman under a Freedom of Information request.

The newspaper reports Friday the contract went to a Virginia company and exposed a problem that the agency’s grants department didn’t keep copies of contracts to vendors.

Department of Public Safety officials say they’re putting procedures in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

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