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Background

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided more than $70 billion to the Department of Labor (DOL) in four areas:

  • Unemployment benefits - $66 billion (estimated),
  • Employment and Training - $4.5 billion
  • Job Corps construction and rehabilitation - $250 million, and
  • Departmental oversight - $80 million.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received a separate appropriation of $6 million to carry out oversight activities of the expenditure of these funds.

Oversight Plan

The OIGís plan for oversight is to conduct work in phases over the period during which Recovery Act funds will be expended.

Phase one addressed how DOL is planning its administration and oversight. The OIGís work during this phase included assessing how DOL planned to account for Recovery Act funds, how it provided guidance to states and grantees, how it established performance measures for Recovery activities, and whether DOL had develop the required reporting requirements.

Phase two is focusing on how DOL awards funds to grantees and contractors. Of the $4.5 billion in grants, approximately $3.5 billion is formula and $1 billion is discretionary. Formula funds were awarded in FY 2009 while discretionary funds must be awarded by June 30, 2010. The OIG will look particularly at how discretionary grants are selected. During this phase the OIG will also review contract award decisions by Job Corps.

Phase three will assess how grantees and contractors performed and what was accomplished with Recovery Act funding. Formula grant funds must generally be spent by 2011, while discretionary grant funds will generally be spent through 2013. The OIG will audit states' utilization and accounting for the Federal share of unemployment benefits. Funding for unemployment benefits is through December 2009. Finally, the OIG will audit construction and rehabilitation contracts awarded by Job Corps. Job Corps funding is available through June 2010. This phase will also include a review of DOL's oversight of grantees and contractors.

The OIG has a team of OIG auditors devoted to ARRA oversight. Moreover, the †OIG is supplementing its own audit staff with independent audit firms. Finally, the OIG hired †2 full-time auditors to oversee these contracts as well as supervise work the OIG will conduct with its own appropriation.


OIG Plans and Reports

  • Plans

  • Reports
    • Monthly Reports

    • Funding Notifications

    • OIG Audit Reports
      • Recovery Act: Outcomes From On-The-Job Training National Emergency Grants
        Report No. 18-14-001-03-390 (March 25, 2014)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {570 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Required Employment and Case Management Services Under the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009
        Report No. 18-13-003-03-330 (August 6, 2013)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {570 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: OSHA Activities Under The Recovery Act
        Report No. 18-13-004-10-105 (July 16, 2013)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {570 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Georgia Department of Labor Missed Opportunities to Detect and Recover Unemployment Insurance Overpayments
        Report No. 04-13-001-03-315 (March 15, 2013)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {570 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: In General, Grantees Properly Used Recovery Act SCSEP Funds to Train and Place Participants
        Report No. 18-13-002-03-360 (November 7, 2012)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {471 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Green Jobs Program Reports Limited Success in Meeting Employment and Retention Goals as of June 30, 2012
        Report No. 18-13-001-03-390 (October 25, 2012)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {2.10 MB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • ETA Did Not Use Compatible Data Which Overstated the Effectiveness of Its Overpayment Detections
        Report No. 04-12-001-03-315 (September 28, 2012)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {788 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • ETA Can Improve Oversight of States' UI Administrative Costs
        Report No. 04-12-002-03-315 (September 19, 2012)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {350 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of the New England Farm Workers' Council, Inc. for the Year Ended June 30, 2011
        Report No. 18-12-006-03-001 (September 27, 2012)
        No Summary | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {2.80 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of the County of Cumberland for the Year Ended June 30, 2011
        Report No. 18-12-007-03-390 (August 29, 2012)
        No Summary | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {127 KB} |


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of the National Council on Aging, Inc. for the Year Ended June 30, 2011
        Report No. 18-12-005-03-360 (June 19, 2012)
        No Summary | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {82 KB} |


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth for October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2010
        Report No. 18-12-004-03-390 (March 16, 2012)
        No Summary | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {188 KB} |


      • Recovery Act: ETA is Missing Opportunities to Detect and Collect Billions of Dollars in Overpayments Pertaining to Federally-Funded Emergency Benefits
        Report No. 18-12-001-03-315 (January 31, 2012)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {2.10 MB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Planning and Coordination of Workforce Development Activities with Federal Infrastructure Investments Needed Improvement
        Report No. 18-11-010-03-001 (September 30, 2011)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {996 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of Job Service North Dakota for the Year Ended June 30, 2010
        Report No. 18-11-008-03-001 (September 30, 2011)
        No Summary | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {1.64 MB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Slow Pace Placing Workers Into Jobs Jeopardizes Employment Goals of The Green Jobs Program
        Report No. 18-11-004-03-390 (September 30, 2011)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {1.64 MB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: DOL Could Have Better Monitored the Use of Re-employment Services Funds to Adhere to Standards for Transparency and Accountability
        Report No. 18-11-005-03-315 (March 31, 2011)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {3.08 MB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: ETA Needs to Strengthen Management Controls to Meet YouthBuild Program Objectives Report
        Report No. 18-11-001-03-001 (March 31, 2011)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {1.40 MB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Workforce Investment Act Youth Program
        Report No. 18-11-006-03-390 (March 31, 2011)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {503 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Enforcement of Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws
        Report No. 18-11-007-04-410 (March 31, 2011)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {415 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Enforcement of Davis-Bacon Act Prevailing Wage Rate Determinations
        Report No. 18-11-009-04-420 (March 31, 2011)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {244 KB}


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions for the Year Ended June
        Report No. 18-11-002-03-001 (March 31, 2011)
        No Summary | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {225 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review of the Single Audit of PathStone Corporation and Affiliates for the Year Ended September 30, 2009
        Report No. 18-11-008-03-365 (March 8, 2011)
        No Summary | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {46 KB}


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review of the Single Audit of the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Administration Fund for the Year Ended September 30, 2009
        Report No. 18-11-003-03-315 (February 24, 2011)
        No Summary | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {46 KB}


      • Recovery Act: More Than $1.3 Billion in Unemployment Insurance Modernization Incentive Payments Are Unlikely to Be Claimed by States
        Report No. 18-10-012-03-315 (September 30, 2010)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {306 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Employment and Training Administration Grant Issuance and Monitoring Policies and Procedures for Discretionary Grants Including Green Jobs are Comprehensive but Funding Challenges Threaten the Quality of Future Monitoring Activities
        Report No. 18-10-013-03-390 (September 30, 2010)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {306 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Job CORPS Could Not Demonstrate that the Acquisition of the New Facility at the Los Angeles Job CORPS Center Using a Multi-Year Lease was the Least Expensive Option
        Report No. 18-10-009-03-370 (September 30, 2010)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {306 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of Human Resources and Occupational Development Council of Puerto Rico for Year Ended June 30, 2009
        Report No. 18-10-008-03-390 (September 29, 2010)
        [ No Summary ] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {306 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Data Quality in Recipient Reporting
        Report No. 18-10-002-03-390 (September 27, 2010)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {306 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Use of Departmental Management Funds
        Report No. 18-10-011-07-001 (September 17, 2010)
        [ Full Report pdf icon image] {50 KB} |


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board, Inc. for the Year Ended June 30, 2009
        Report No. 18-10-007-03-390 (September 16, 2010)
        [ No Summary ] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {712 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Quality Control Review Single Audit of State of Michigan Unemployment Compensation Fund for the Year Ended September 30,2009
        Report No. 18-10-010-03-315 (September 16, 2010)

        [ No Summary] | [ Full Report pdf icon image]{712 KB}

      • Recovery Act: Actions Needed to Better Ensure Congressional Intent Can Be Met in the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs
        Report No. 18-10-004-03-390 (March 31, 2010)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {712 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: The U.S. Department of Labor Needs to Evaluate its Role in The Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) Program
        Report No. 18-10-003-03-390 (March 31, 2010)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {620 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: OASAM Needs to Ensure that Job Corps Contract Modifications Meet Recovery Act Requirements
        Report No. 18-10-005-07-001 (March 30, 2010)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {280 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: ETA Took Recommended Corrective Action to Ensure Congressional Intent Could Be Met in the YouthBuild Program
        Report No. 18-10-006-03-001 (March 16, 2010)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {490k} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: The Department of Labor's Plan to Ensure Data Quality in Recipient Reporting
        Report No. 18-10-001-01-001 (October 30, 2009)
        [ No Summary] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {226k} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: EBSA Could Improve Some Aspects of its Implementation of the COBRA Premium Assistance Provisions
        RReport No. 18-09-003-12-001 (September 30, 2009)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {1.63 MB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: States Have Aggressively Implemented the $25 Weekly Supplemental Unemployment Benefit but Some Challenges Remain
        Report No. 18-09-004-03-315 (September 30, 2009)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {490k} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Recovery Act: Performance Reporting Creates Challenges for The Department of Labor
        Report No. 18-09-002-01-001 (September 29, 2009)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {420 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]


      • Alert Memorandum: Recovery Act: YouthBuild Grantees Have Not Been Informed of the Expanded Population Eligible to be Served with Recovery Act Funds
        Report No. 18-09-005-03-001 (September 29, 2009)
        [ No Summary] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {41 KB}


      • Procedures for Accounting and Reporting Financial Activity Under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
        Report No. 18-09-001-13-001 (August 28, 2009)
        [ Summary pdf icon image] | [ Full Report pdf icon image] {410 KB} | [ Response pdf icon image]

Related Websites

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