Some construction audits were performed years later, reviewed by Diamantis himself

The audits, obtained by CT Mirror through a Freedom of Information request, were completed between 2018-2020 and will be part of the forensic audit initiated by the state after the federal government launched an investigation of school construction grants overseen by Diamantis. DAS Commissioner Michelle Gilman and Deputy Commissioner Noel Petra announced last month that the agency is hiring an outside firm to “audit the auditors” who were on Diamantis’ school grants team. The CT Mirror’s review of the audits reveals a dysfunctional system for examining and managing billions of dollars in school construction projects. While most of the audits were directed to the DAS commissioner, Diamantis and other members of his team, three audits were sent directly to Diamantis and not to the commissioner. One of those three was for the Birch Grove Primary School project in Tolland, which is part of the federal investigation into how OSCG&R and Diamantis, in particular, may have influenced school building contracts.

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