Iowa governor stands by use of virus aid for IT project

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 coronavirus at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, on Monday, May 11, 2020. Photo: Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 coronavirus at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, on Monday, May 11, 2020.

The Associated Press
Created: October 21, 2020 11:41 AM

Gov. Kim Reynolds says her administration will try to convince federal auditors to allow its plan to spend $21 million in coronavirus relief funds on a long-planned information technology system.

Reynolds said that the state believes spending federal virus aid to purchase and implement a new accounting and human resources system for the executive branch is “an allowable expense.”

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