Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: Process Used by the Department of Homeland Security to Monitor Reporting by Recipients of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Funds [open pdf - 888KB]
The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states the following about the contents of this DHS-OIG Report: "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided $787 billion to the federal government to stimulate the U.S. economy. Of that amount, the Department of Homeland Security received $2.75 billion for various projects run by the Office of the Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At the request of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, we conducted a review to determine whether the department has established a process to perform limited data quality reviews of reports submitted by recipients of Recovery Act funds administered by the department to identify material omissions and/or significant reporting errors, and to notify the recipients of the need to make appropriate and timely changes. The department process for verifying the completeness and accuracy of data reported by recipients is evolving. The department issued general guidance on reviewing contractor reports on September 15, 2009. Also, four of five components developed approaches for substantiating the accuracy of recipient reporting. Later, the department headquarters developed a method to identify non-registrants and began providing that information to its components. However, the department has not yet issued detailed procedures for performing limited data quality reviews of recipient reporting to identify material omissions and significant reporting errors."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-10-08
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