Recovery Act (ARRA) Reports

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009, provides the EPA Office of Inspector General $20 million for oversight activities available through September 30, 2012. The Office of Inspector General will conduct audits, investigations, and other reviews to ensure economy and efficiency and to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in how EPA uses the $7.2 billion it has received under the Act.

The Office of Inspector General has issued a plan for oversight of Recovery Act funds. Reports on our findings will be posted on this Website as published. The Office of Inspector General will also review, as appropriate, any concerns raised by the public about specific investments using funds made available in the Act. Individuals may report any suspicion of fraud, waste, or abuse of the EPA stimulus funds via the OIG Hotline. Any findings of such reviews not related to ongoing criminal proceedings will also be posted on this Website.

Reports Sorted by Topic: Recovery Act (ARRA)
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EPA OIG Recovery Act Reports

Report Title Date Agency Response IG Comment on Response
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Needs to Meet Cooperative Agreement Objectives and Davis-Bacon Act Requirements to Fully Achieve Leaking Underground Storage Tank Goals [Report PDF - 57pp, 1,200 KB] [At a Glance PDF - 135 KB] June 4, 2014    
Unless California Air Resources Board Fully Complies With Laws and Regulations, Emission Reductions and Human Health Benefits Are Unknown [Report PDF - 35pp, 2,039KB] [At a Glance PDF - 46KB] March 6, 2014    
Audit of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Cooperative Agreement 2A-00E85701 Awarded to the Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities [Report PDF - 24pp, 400KB] [At a Glance PDF - 45KB] January 9, 2014    
The State of Colorado Did Not Fully Assure That Funds Intended to Treat Mining Wastes and Remove Contaminants from Water Were Effectively Spent [Report PDF - 30pp, 309KB] [At a Glance PDF - 45KB] Nov 19, 2013    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of Yauco – La Jurada Community Distribution System, Yauco, Puerto Rico [Report PDF - 11pp, 185KB] [At a Glance PDF - 43KB] Sept 23, 2013    
Examination of Costs Claimed Under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Cooperative Agreement 2A-97706701 Awarded to Grace Hill Settlement House, St. Louis, Missouri [Report PDF - 36pp, 321KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB]
13-R-0367 Appendix A PDF - 53pp, 409KB
13-R-0367 Appendix B PDF - 11pp, 58KB
August 30, 2013    
Examination of Costs Claimed Under EPA Cooperative Agreements 2A-96104501 and 2A-96107201 Awarded Under the Recovery Act to Chelsea Collaborative Inc., Chelsea, Massachusetts [Report PDF - 31pp, 952KB] [At a Glance PDF - 45KB] August 22, 2013    
Projected Emission Reductions Overstated and Buy American Requirements Not Met Under EPA Award to the Tennessee Department of Transportation [Report PDF - 49pp, 1,596KB] [At a Glance PDF - 45KB] July 19, 2013    
Limitations on the EPA's Authority Under the Safe Drinking Water Act Resulted in Unaddressed Concerns at a Tribal Drinking Water Plant [Report PDF - 11pp, 225KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] July 2, 2013    
Air Quality Objectives for the Baton Rouge Ozone Nonattainment Area Not Met Under EPA Agreement 2A-96694301 Awarded to the Railroad Research Foundation [Report PDF - 29pp, 265KB] [At a Glance PDF - 43KB] June 20, 2013    
Audit of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-Funded Cooperative Agreement 2S-96099601 Awarded to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality [Report PDF - 20pp, 365KB] [At a Glance PDF - 109KB] March 28, 2013 PDF - 5pp, 327KB PDF - 1pp, 214KB
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of Combined Sewer Overflow Detention Facility, City of Goshen, Indiana [Report PDF - 19pp, 367KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] January 8, 2013    
EPA Can Improve Its Reporting of Dollars Leveraged From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Brownfields Program, Report No. 12-R-0898, [Report PDF - 20pp, 245KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] September 27, 2012    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project, City of Nappanee, Indiana [PDF - 39pp, 506KB] [PDF - 44KB] September 12, 2012    
Examination of Costs Claimed Under EPA Cooperative Agreement 2A-83440701 Awarded Under the Recovery Act to Cascade Sierra Solutions, Eugene, Oregon, [PDF - 72pp, 458KB] [PDF - 44KB] September 4, 2012    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Diversion Ditch Repair Project at the Gilt Edge Mine Superfund Site, Lawrence County, South Dakota Report No. 12-R-0601, [PDF - 22pp, 409KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] July 25, 2012 PDF - 4pp, 938KB PDF - 1pp, 165KB
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of Wastewater Treatment Plant, Village of Itasca, Illinois Report No. 12-R-0377 [Report PDF - 37pp, 490KB] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] March 30, 2012    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Botanic Garden of Western Pennsylvania Report No. 12-R-0321 [Report PDF - 56pp, 1,449KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] March 8, 2012 PDF - 1,312KB (Initial)
PDF - 1,298KB (Second)
Close-Out of Hotline Complaint on Unreasonable Cost Increase to the Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements, Perkins, Oklahoma Report No. 12-X-0161 [Report PDF - 5pp, 161KB] December 29, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Elizabeth City Well Field Expansion Project, Elizabeth City, North Carolina Report No. 12-X-0090 [Report PDF - 18pp, 245KB] [At a Glance PDF - 36KB] December 8, 2011    
Close-Out of Complaint on Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Incurring Inappropriate Expenses on Recovery Act Projects Report No. 12-X-0090 [Report PDF - 7pp, 168KB] [At a Glance PDF - 36KB] November 22, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of Wastewater Treatment Plant- Phase II Improvements Project, City of Ottawa, Illinois, Report No. 11-R-0700, [Report PDF - 45pp, 699KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] September 23, 2011 Decision Memorandum In Response to "Full Resolution Materials" - PDF 7pp, 213KB

Attachments to "Decision Memorandum" - PDF 130pp, 5,065KB
Full Resolution Materials - PDF 79pp, 6,931KB
EPA and States Should Strengthen Oversight of Clean Water State Revolving Fund Recovery Act Projects, Report No. 11-R-0519, [Report PDF - 42pp, 697KB] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] August 24, 2011 PDF 4pp, 189KB PDF 1pp, 203 KB
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Tower Chemical Superfund Site, Clermont, Lake County, Florida, Report No. 11-R-0431, [Report PDF - 10pp, 196KB] [At a Glance PDF - 35KB] August 3, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Clifton Street Sewer Separation and Water Main Replacement Projects, Portland, Maine, Report No. 11-R-0248, [Report PDF - 11pp, 156KB] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] June 7, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of Las Marias Potable Water System Phase IIA Project, Las Marias, Puerto Rico, Report No. 11-R-0241, [Report PDF - 9pp, 134KB] [At a Glance PDF - 59KB] May 25, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of Sanitary Sewer System Improvements, Ingenio Community, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Report No. 11-R-0233, [Report PDF - 12pp, 254KB] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] May 24, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the La Plata Water Treatment Plant Phase II Project, Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Report No. 11-R-0232, [Report PDF - 12pp, 169KB] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] May 23, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion, Town of Buckeye, Arizona, Report No. 11-R-0222, [Report PDF - 12pp, 169KB] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] May 9, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements Project, Perkins, Oklahoma, Report No. 11-R-0214, [Report PDF - 9pp, 130KB] [At a Glance PDF - 35KB] May 2, 2011    
EPA Faced Multiple Constraints to Targeting Recovery Act Funds, Report No. 11-R-0208, [Report PDF - 49pp, 510KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] April 11, 2011 PDF - 368KB PDF - 181KB
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of Water System Improvement Project, Waleska, Georgia, Report No. 11-R-0193, [Report PDF - 17pp, 229KB] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] March 29, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Comprehensive Sewer System Rehabilitation, Subsystem PS-5, Saugus, Massachusetts, Report No. 11-R-0192, [Report PDF - 9pp, 197KB] [At a Glance PDF - 35KB] March 29, 2011    
EPA Needs to Better Document Project Delays for Recovery Act Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grants, Report No. 11-R-0179, [Report PDF - 20pp, 201KB] [At a Glance PDF - 41KB] March 28, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Visit of the Denver Street Storage Project, City of Astoria, Oregon, Report No. 11-R-0172, [Report PDF - 16pp, 251KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] March 22, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Overview of EPA's Progress After Two Years, ARRA_Two-Year Overview Report March 2011, [Report PDF - 14pp, 226KB] March 15, 2011    
EPA Should Improve Guidance and Oversight to Ensure Effective Recovery Act-Funded Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Activities, Report No. 11-R-0141, [Report PDF - 32pp, 290KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] March 1, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Inspection of Sewer System Improvement Projects, City of Parma, Ohio, Report No. 11-R-0083, [Report PDF - 9pp, 161KB] [At a Glance PDF - 36KB] February 2, 2011    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Inspection of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Projects at the City of Long Beach, California, Report No. 11-R-0082, [Report PDF - 12pp, 142KB] [At a Glance PDF - 39KB] February 1, 2011    
EPA Can Improve the Use of Financial Monitoring Reviews for Recovery Act Superfund Contracts, Report No. 11-R-0081, [Report PDF - 19pp, 140KB] [At a Glance PDF - 40KB] January 31, 2011    
Leaking Underground Storage Tank Recovery Act Grants Contained Requirements but Priority Lists Need More Oversight , Report No. 11-R-0018, [Report PDF - 20pp, 139KB] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] November 23, 2010    
EPA’s Terms and Conditions as Well as Process to Award Recovery Act Interagency Agreements Need Improvement, Report No. 11-R-0016, [Report PDF - 35pp, 520KB] [At a Glance PDF - 34KB] November 16, 2010 PDF - 338KB PDF - 29KB
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Inspection of Sewer Pump Station Rehabilitation and Improvements, Town of Ball, Louisiana, Report No. 11-R-0014, [Report PDF - 9pp, 155KB] [At a Glance PDF - 39KB] November 9, 2010    
EPA’s Contracts and Grants Workforce May Face Future Workload Issues, Report No. 11-R-0005, [Report PDF - 30pp, 202KB] [At a Glance PDF - 40KB] October 25, 2010 PDF - 3pp, 479KB PDF - 29KB
EPA Effectively Reviewed Recovery Act Recipient Data but Opportunities for Improvement Exist, Report No. 10-R-0234, [Report PDF - 24pp, 153KB] [At a Glance PDF - 39KB] September 27, 2010    
Response to Congressional Request on Signage Requirements for Projects Funded by the Recovery Act, Report No. 10-X-0175 [Report PDF - 8pp, 147KB] August 2, 2010    
EPA Submitted Accurate and Timely Recovery Act Financial Reports, Report No. 10-R-0151 [Report PDF - 10pp, 109KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] June 22, 2010    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Inspection of the High-Rate Water Treatment Facility, City of Newark, Ohio, Report No. 10-R-0147 [Report PDF - 9pp, 140KB] [At a Glance PDF - 39KB] June 16, 2010    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Inspection of the Ultraviolet Treatment and Chlorine Disinfection Facility Project, City of Bremerton, Washington, Report No. 10-R-0132 [Report PDF - 8pp, 104KB] [At a Glance PDF - 29KB] May 26, 2010    
EPA Should Improve Its Contractor Performance Evaluation Process for Contractors Receiving Recovery Act Funds, Report No. 10-R-0113 [Report PDF - 22pp, 189KB] [At a Glance PDF - 41KB] April 26, 2010    
EPA Maximized Competition for Recovery Act Grants under the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, Report No. 10-R-0082 [Report PDF - 6pp, 106KB] [At a Glance PDF - 47KB] March 23, 2010    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Inspection of Water Main Extension Project, Manchester Water Works, Manchester, New Hampshire, Report No. 10-R-0080 [Report PDF - 9pp, 133KB] [At a Glance PDF - 39KB] March 17, 2010    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Site Inspection of the Water Distribution System, Village of Buckeye Lake, Ohio, Report No. 10-R-0079 [Report PDF - 8pp, 123KB] [At a Glance PDF - 31KB] March 10, 2010    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Overview of EPA's Progress After One Year, Report No. EPA-350-R-10-003 [Report PDF - 19pp, 522KB] March 3, 2010    
EPA Needs Definitive Guidance for Recovery Act and Future Green Reserve Projects, Report No. 10-R-0057 [Report PDF - 16pp, 265KB] [At a Glance PDF - 41KB] February 1, 2010    
EPA Action Needed to Ensure Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects Meet the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Deadline of February 17, 2010, Report No. 10-R-0049 [Report PDF - 53pp, 319KB] December 17, 2009    
EPA Recovery Act Recipient Reporting and Data Review Process, Report No. 10-R-0020 [Report PDF - 8pp, 166KB] October 29, 2009    
EPA Should Revise its Grant Accural Methodology to Address Impact of Recovery Act Funds, Report No. 09-X-0217 [Report PDF - 9pp, 172KB] [At a Glance PDF - 95KB] August 19, 2009    
Assistance Agreement and Contract Recipients with Open Audit Recommendations May Affect Recovery Act Activities, Report No. 09-X-0196 [Report PDF - 36pp, 408KB] [At a Glance PDF - 48KB] July 14, 2009    
Recommendation to Strengthen Management Integrity Processes Affecting Recovery Act Activities, Report No. 09-X-0145 [Report PDF - 5pp, 107KB] April 27, 2009    
Open Audit Recommendations Affecting Recovery Act Activities, Report No. 09-X-0136 [Report PDF - 9pp, 119KB] [At a Glance PDF - 47KB] April 9, 2009    
EPA Office of Inspector General Recommendations on Office of Management and Budget Guidance for Recovery Act Implementation, Report No. 09-P-0132 [Report PDF - 1pp, 71KB] March 31, 2009    
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EPA OIG Recovery Act Investigative Results

Report Title Date
Local Contractor Pleads Guilty To Defrauding City Of Sacramento Of Stimulus Funds [PDF - 2pp, 95KB] September 20, 2011
Hayward Baker Settlement [PDF - 2pp, 103KB] May 17, 2011
Two Sacramento Men Indicted for Defrauding City of Sacramento [PDF - 2pp, 89KB] August 4, 2010
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EPA OIG Recovery Act Testimony

Report Title Date
Statement of Arthur A. Elkins, Jr., Inspector General, Before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives [PDF - 9pp, 72KB] May 4, 2011
Statement of Melissa Heist, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure U.S. House of Representatives [PDF - 8pp, 65KB] April 29, 2009
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Reports on EPA OIG Activities for Recovery Act

Report
Third Quarter FY2014 (PDF, 2pp, 530KB)
Second Quarter FY2014 (PDF, 2pp, 1,412KB)
First Quarter FY2014 (PDF, 2pp, 527KB)
September 1-31, 2013 (PDF, 7pp, 261KB)
August 1-31, 2013 (PDF, 5pp, 223KB)
July 1-31, 2013 (PDF, 5pp, 205KB)
June 1-31, 2013 (PDF, 5pp, 205KB)
May 1-31, 2013 (PDF, 5pp, 219KB)
April 1-30, 2013 (PDF, 7pp, 261KB)
March 1-31, 2013 (PDF, 5pp, 224KB)
February 1-28, 2013 (PDF, 5pp, 221KB)
January 1-31, 2013 (PDF, 5pp, 223KB)
December 1-31, 2012 (PDF, 7pp, 255KB)
November 1-30, 2012 (PDF, 7pp, 255KB)
October 1-31, 2012 (PDF, 7pp, 258KB)
September 1-30, 2012 (PDF, 5pp, 240KB)
August 1-31, 2012 (PDF, 7pp, 240KB)
July 1-31, 2012 (PDF, 7pp, 248KB)
June 1-30, 2012 (PDF, 5pp, 214KB)
May 1-31, 2012 (PDF, 7pp, 243KB)
April 1-30, 2012 (PDF, 7pp, 220KB)
March 1-31, 2012 (PDF, 5pp, 246KB)
February 1-29, 2012 (PDF, 5pp, 208KB)
January 1-31, 2012 (PDF, 5pp, 208KB)
December 1-31, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 211KB)
November 1-30, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 210KB)
October 1-31, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 185KB)
September 1-30, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 185KB)
August 1-31, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 186KB)
July 1-31, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 186KB)
June 1-30, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 186KB)
May 1-31, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 186KB)
April 1-30, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 186KB)
March1-31, 2011 (PDF, 6pp, 193KB)
February 1-28, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 187KB)
January 1-31, 2011 (PDF, 5pp, 187KB)
December 1-31, 2010 (PDF, 5pp, 185KB)
November 1-30, 2010 (PDF, 5pp, 188KB)
October 1-31, 2010 (PDF, 5pp, 188KB)
September 1-30, 2010 (PDF, 5pp, 185KB)
August 1-31, 2010 (PDF, 6pp, 158KB)
July 1-31, 2010 (PDF, 5pp, 152KB)
June 1-30, 2010 (PDF, 5pp, 157KB)
May 1-31, 2010 (PDF, 4pp, 193KB)
April 1-30, 2010 (PDF, 4pp, 153KB)
March 1-31, 2010 (PDF, 4pp, 154KB)
February 1-28, 2010 (PDF, 5pp, 158KB)
January 1-31, 2010 (PDF, 4pp, 155KB)
December 1-31, 2009 (PDF, 4pp, 287KB)
November 1-30, 2009 (PDF, 4pp, 153KB)
October 1-31, 2009 (PDF, 4pp, 154KB)
September 1-30, 2009 (PDF, 4pp,291KB)
August 1-31, 2009 (PDF, 4pp,315KB)
July 1-31, 2009 (PDF, 4pp,221KB)
June 1-30, 2009 (PDF, 4pp, 253KB)
May 1-31, 2009(PDF)
April 1 - May 1, 2009 (PDF)
March 1 - 31, 2009 (PDF)
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Recovery Act Training Resources

Training is a key component to mitigating fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. To assist those receiving Recovery Act funds from EPA, the Office of Inspector General provides training opportunities resources.

Training Presentations

Date Class Location Point of Contact
None at this time.

Training Materials

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OIG HOTLINE

Report Fraud, Waste and Abuse in EPA Programs 1-888-546-8740

ARRA LINKS

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