Also on Monday, a spokeswoman for Gov. Gina Raimondo said the governor has asked Michael DiBiase, director of the R.I. Department of Administration, to conduct a review of the process by which community-service grants are handled and to recommend what steps should be taken to improve the process.
Lawmakers have granted $2.3 million in community-service grants to AEP since 2003. An additional $1.5 million had gone to the organization over the previous seven years in its prior incarnation through the University of Rhode Island, according to Berman.
The audit of AEP ordered by Mattiello is the second one announced in recent days. The R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Thursday it will audit about $77,000 in job-training funds given over the last year to Man Up, a second nonprofit affiliated with AEP.