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American recovery and reinvestment act of 2009 and the recovery accountability transparency board

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009and theRecovery Accountability & Transparency Board

New York State

Internal Control Work Group

July 29, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • $787 Billion available

  • Save and create 3 or 4 Million jobs

  • Lay the foundation for a robust and sustainable 21st century economy

Breakout of 787 billion funding source omb

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Breakout of $787 Billion Funding (Source – OMB)

(Funding Amounts in Billions)

Federal OIG Role

  • 69 Statutory Federal Inspectors General

    • 30 are Presidentially Appointed and Senate Confirmed

    • 29 are involved in oversight of the Recovery Act

  • Primary Role of Federal OIGs - detect and prevent fraud, waste, abuse, and violations of law and to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the operations of the Federal Government

  • Structure of Federal OIGs – include investigations, audits, and evaluations/inspections

  • Independence – OIGs must be independent and objective, which requires that they be insulated from improper management and political pressure

Mission of the

Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

To promote accountability by coordinating and conducting oversight of Recovery funds

to prevent fraud, waste and abuse

and to foster transparency on Recovery spending by providing the public with accurate, user-friendly information.

Support Structure



Alice Siempelkamp

Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

Board Members & Committees


    • HHS IG – Daniel Levinson

    • TIGTA – Russell George

    • Commerce IG – Todd Zinser

    • Defense IG – Gordon Heddell

  • Accountability

    • Justice IG – Glenn Fine

    • Homeland IG – Richard Skinner

    • Energy IG – Greg Friedman

    • Education IG – Mary Mitchelson (acting)

  • Recovery Funds Working Group

    • Transportation IG – Calvin Scovel

    • Agriculture IG – Phyllis Fong

    • Interior IG – Mary Kendall (acting)

    • Treasury IG – Eric Thorson

Functions of the Board

  • Education –

  • explain the Recovery Act to the public

  • Transparency –

  • show how, when, and where the money is spent

  • Accountability –

  • provide data to evaluate the progress of the Act

Board Operations

  • Oversight Coordination & Outreach

    • OIGs, GAO, Federal agencies

    • Federal, state & local governments

  • Make Data Available to the Public

    • Collect recipient data

    • Display and summarize recipient data on

  • Review Recovery Act Contracts and Grants for:

    • Applicable standards

    • Specified purpose

    • Other abuses

  • Complaint Referral Process

    • Refer areas of concerns, citizen complaints, and Whistleblower issues to relevant OIGs

    • Coordinate referrals across the OIG Community

Recovery Funds Working Group Initiatives

  • OIG Recovery Act Plan– plans provide overview of OIG planned work

  • OIG Monthly Report – reports provide overview of OIG work each month

  • Survey of Federal Acquisition and Grant Personnel – data will be used to make government-wide recommendations regarding Recovery Act oversight

  • Single Audits – made recommendations to OMB to address the timeliness of reporting; coverage; and internal control reviews as it relates to the Recovery Act

  • Oversight Coordination – coordinating across OIGs, GAOs, and Federal Agencies and between Federal, State, and local governments

  • Reporting – issue quarterly and annual reports on Recovery Act funds and other issues as appropriate

Accountability Initiatives

  • Current Complaint Referral Process

    • RATB Staff generates proactive leads based on non-compliance with OMB and FAR requirements

      • Reviews have been manual using open government sites

      • These reviews are being conducted to add a layer of scrutiny and will add to our prevention mission

    • RATB Staff conducts coordination cross OIG Community (and other federal entities)

  • Dynamic Predictive Analysis Techniques (next phase)

    • Identify areas of concern based on review of Recovery Act and other relevant public information

    • Create a fraud analysis platform across the Federal OIG community

Accountability Initiatives

RATB Fraud, Waste, Abuse Information Flow Initiatives

  • Posting Reports

    • - Agency and OIG Plans (May 2009)

    • - Agency Weekly and OIG Monthly Financial Data (On-going)

    • - Recipient reporting (Oct 2009)

  • Enhance (Version 2.0)

    • Facilitate recipient reporting

    • Allow data visualization – mapping










Federal Agency

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In Aggregate



* Actual Obligations as of 07/07/09


Board Telephone Number

(202) 254-7900