OIG to audit USDOT’s Recovery Act implementation

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The Office of Inspector General announced this week that it is undertaking an audit of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which designated more than $48 billion for infrastructure investments across several modes of transportation.

OIG says its work will consist of a series of structured reviews, or scans, conducted across the USDOT agencies that received ARRA funding. OIG says the effort is part of its risk-based oversight strategy developed to help USDOT address new management challenges presented by ARRA.

OIG says its objective is to evaluate each agency’s ARRA implementation by identifying vulnerabilities that could impede USDOT’s ability to (1) provide effective oversight to ARRA-funded projects and (2) meet new requirements mandated by ARRA and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.