WASHINGTON — State and local government officials agreed with federal lawmakers yesterday that they should make every effort to prevent and minimize waste, fraud, and abuse of funds authorized by the economic stimulus package, but had questions about how to do so.

Testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the officials said that the huge, rapid influx of funds from the new stimulus law, coupled with recent staff reductions and shrinking municipal budgets, make monitoring the spending a great challenge.

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