MORGANTOWN — WVU students have taken on another project that will benefit the state, this time in an effort to help smaller, local governments operate more efficiently.

Students at the College of Business and Economics will work in the Small Government Monitoring Project, a program spearheaded by the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office to help local governments across the state operate more efficiently and save money.

State Auditor John B. McCuskey said at a press conference Dec. 4 that the program was created in response to financial concerns of area West Virginia government officials.

“The Small Government Monitoring Project has been designed to provide financial accountability and lower audit costs associated with small government oversight,” McCuskey said.