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ERIC Number: ED510587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 424
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Recovery Act: Increasing the Public's Understanding of What Funds Are Being Spent on and What Outcomes Are Expected. Report to the Republican Leader, U.S. Senate. GAO-10-581
US Government Accountability Office
A hallmark of efforts to implement the $862 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) is to be transparent and accountable about what the money is being spent on and what is being achieved. To help achieve these goals, recipients are to report every 3 months on their award activities and expected outcomes, among other things. This information is available on, the government's official Recovery Act Web site. As requested, this report covers 11 federal programs focused on broadband, energy, transportation, federal buildings, and civil works activities, representing $67 billion in Recovery Act funding. Primarily, the report (1) describes how the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and federal agencies implemented the act to report funds' uses and (2) assesses the extent to which descriptions of awards meet GAO's transparency criteria. It also describes reported uses of funds for the 11 programs. GAO reviewed requirements for reporting in the act and OMB's guidance. Based on these requirements, GAO developed a transparency assessment and applied it to a probability sample of descriptions from 14,089 recipient reports. In addition, GAO reviewed 52 projects in detail in states that it had contacted as part of its bimonthly reviews and interviewed federal, state, and local officials about their experiences with reporting descriptions of awards. Appended are: (1) Broadband Initiatives Program; (2) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program; (3) Weatherization Assistance Program;(4) Geothermal Technologies Program; (5) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program; (6) Grants-in-Aid for Airports; (7) Highway Infrastructure Investment; (8) Supplemental Discretionary Grants for a National Surface Transportation System; (9) Transit Capital Assistance; (10) Federal Buildings Fund; (11) Civil Works Program; (12) Federal Agency Actions to Review for Accuracy; (13) Additional Information on Methodology; (14) Error Rates Associated with Estimates of the Extent to Which Awards Met Our Transparency Criteria; (15) Comments from the Department of Commerce; and (16) GAO Contracts and Staff Acknowledgments (Contains 13 tables, 6 figures, and 84 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office