Federal government economic stimulus funds are going unspent in some states because those states are shorthanded and unable to handle the influx of funding, according to a report issued Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

The report said three states, Florida, Ohio and Georgia, have not appropriated any of the billions of dollars in highway development money received to date.

Due to fiscal constraints, many states reported significant declines in the number of oversight staff, limiting their ability to ensure proper implementation and management of the Recovery Act Funds, said the GAO report.

Vice President Joseph Biden, who oversees the stimulus spending, issued a statement saying his office will work with the GAO and the Senate to ensure that every dollar of taxpayer funds under the Recovery Act is moving without delay to the most effective projects, and meeting the most urgent needs.

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