OIG Recovery Act Plan Overview
OIG Name: U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General
The primary objective of the Office of Inspector General's oversight strategy involves the implementation of a review, evaluation, and investigation protocol
OIG Broad Recovery Act Goals: designed to assist the Department of Energy in: (1) maximizing the performance and effectiveness of activities related to the Recovery Act; (2) preventing and
detecting the fraudulent misuse of Recovery Act funds; and (3) identifying opportunities for cost savings in Recovery Act-related programs.
Since the passage of the Recovery Act, the Office of Inspector General has initiated an aggressive schedule to provide targeted fraud awareness briefings to
Departmental operations that are most vulnerable to fraud involving Recovery Act funds. These briefings serve to heighten awareness of fraud indicators and to
OIG Broad Outreach Recovery Act Goals:
discuss anticipated fraud schemes. Provided to groups of Federal employees, contractor officials, and fund recipients, these briefings serve as an invaluable
educational tool and aid significantly in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse.
The Office of Inspector General is taking a number of actions to alert Department officials of risks and recommend cost effective controls to help prevent fraud,
waste, and abuse; and ensure program goals are achieved and stimulus funds are accurately tracked and reported. As part of that strategy, the Office of
OIG Recovery Act Risk Assessment Process: Inspector General has developed a risk-based oversight approach that includes, among other things, evaluations of internal controls over funds management,
examining the use of funds through transaction testing, reviewing Department developed metrics, initiating expanded whistleblower protection programs, and
refining fraud awareness activities.
OIG Recovery Act Funds: $15,000,000
Expiration Date of OIG Recovery Act Funds: 2012
FY 2009 OIG Non-Recovery Act Funds: $51,927,000
Number of OIG Planned Recovery Act Hires: 9 (in FY 2009)
OIG Recovery Act Funds to be Allocated to
The Office of Inspector General plans to award a mix of task order and fixed-price contracts to conduct transaction testing of Recovery Act funds used at the
Purpose of Recovery Act Contracts:
Types of Recovery Act Contracts Awarded to
None awarded to date
Link to OIG FY 2009 Recovery Act Work Plan: http://www.ig.energy.gov/documents/Stimulus_Strategy_Overview.pdf
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Type of Review Entity Performing
Agency Recovery Act Quarter in Quarter in Expected
(Administrative / Review (OIG Staff,
Agency Program Area Funds Associated Project Title Background Objective Which which Final Number of
Financial, Eligibility, Contractor,
w/Program Area Work will Report will Reports
Performance, Other) Other)
Start be Issued
Under the ARRA, grantees will receive funding for
To determine whether grantees have adequate
Administrative/ Audit of Weatherization energy-related improvements to homes and to
Energy Weatherization $5B OIG Staff resources, infrastructure, and internal controls to Q4 FY2009 Q1 FY2010 1
Financial Program educate residents about energy conservation. Up
assure that the goals of the ARRA will be met.
to 20% can be used for training.
Under the ARRA, grantees will receive funding to To determine whether grantees have the
Administrative/ Audit of State Energy address energy priorities and program funding to adequate resources, infrastructure, and internal
Energy State Energy $3.1B OIG Staff Q4 FY2009 Q1 FY2010 1
Financial Program deploy emerging renewable energy and energy controls to assure that the goals of the ARRA will
efficiency technologies. be met.
Under the ARRA, grantees will receive funding
Audit of Energy To determine whether grantees have the
Energy Efficiency through Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block
Administrative/ Efficiency and adequate resources, infrastructure, and internal
Energy and Conservation $3.2B OIG Staff Grants to develop and implement projects to Q4 FY2009 Q2 FY2010 1
Financial Conservation Block controls to assure that the goals of the ARRA will
Block Grants improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use
Grant Program be met.
and fossil fuel emissions in their communities.
The Department of Energy will use ARRA funds to To determine whether the Department and its
Administrative/ Planning and Execution accelerate environmental cleanup projects at its contractors have established effective controls
Energy $6 B Financial OIG Staff of Cleanup Pojects with facilities. Existing cleanup contracts will be over the use of ARRA funds to achieve accelerated Q4 FY2009 Q2 FY2010 2
Performance ARRA Funds modified to provide for the additional work. environmental cleanup goals.
$6 billion in ARRA funds were appropriated to
To determine whether the Office of
Office of clean up contamination resulting from Cold War
Administrative/ EM Implementation of Environmental Management has developed an
Energy Environmental $6 B OIG Staff manufacturing activities. The infusion of these Q2 FY2009 Q1 FY2010 1
Financial ARRA effective approach for achieving the goals and
Management funds, combined with the requirement to control
objectives of the Recovery Act.
them, could strain exisiting resources.
The Office of Science received $1.6 billion in ARRA To determine whether the Office of Science has
Administrative/ SC Implementation of
Energy Office of Science $1.6 B OIG Staff funds to assist in spurring technological advances developed an effective approach for achieving the Q2 FY2009 Q1 FY2010 1
and invest in environmental protection. goals and objectives of the Recovery Act.
To determine whether the Department is ensuring
DOE's Efforts to Meet OMB requires that ARRA funds are clearly that funds provided by the Recovery Act are
Administrative/ Accountability and distinguishable from non-ARRA funds. appropriately tracked and transparent to the
Energy All $38 B OIG Staff Q2 FY2009 Q1 FY2010 1
Financial Performance Reporting Accordingly, DOE will need to modify several public, and whether the benefits of the funds are
Objectives of ARRA accounting and performance reporting systems. reported clearly, accurately, and in a timely
The objective of FEMP is to reduce the cost and
environmental impact of the Federal government
by advancing energy efficiency and conservation,
as well as promoting the use of distributed and
Office of Federal Federal Energy To determine whether the Federal Energy
renewable energy at Federal sites. Accordingly,
Energy Administrative/ Management Program's Management Program's purchasing specifications
Energy $22.5 M OIG Staff FEMP provides technical assistance to identify, Q3 FY2009 Q2 FY2010 1
Management Financial Energy Efficient Product for energy-efficient products are complete,
design, and implement new construction projects,
Program Guides current and accurate
finacial assistance, and policy guidance. Given the
importance and intent of ARRA, it is imperative
that FEMP maintains updated Purchasing
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy To determine whether the Office of Electricity
Office of Electricity Electricity Delivery and
Administrative/ Reliability received $4.5 billion in ARRA funds to Delivery and Energy Reliability has developed an
Energy Delivery and $4.5 B OIG Staff Energy Reliability's Q2 FY2009 Q1 FY2010 1
Financial assist in supporting the modernization of the effective approach for achieving the goals and
Energy Reliability Implementation of ARRA
Nation's electrical grid. objectives of the Recovery Act.
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DOE uses WinSAGA to administer and oversee
Audit of the EERE grants, to include those for the
Windows Systems Determine the reliability of the Department's
Department's WinSAGA weatherization program. Due to age and limited
Approach to WinSAGA application and whether it will be
Administrative/ Application for State capabilities, WinSAGA was slated scheduled to be
Energy Grants $5 B OIG Staff adequate to handle the increased activity and new Q3 FY2009 Q2 FY2010 1
Financial Energy Grant replaced by STRIPES. However, due to the infancy
Administration accounting and reporting requirements imposed
Administration Under of STRIPES and new ARRA funding, it was decided
(WinSAGA) by the Recovery Act.
the Recovery Act that WinSAGA would continue to be used to
capture weatherization data.
FE received $3.4 billion in ARRA funds to focus on
To determine whether the Office of Fossil Energy
Office of Fossil Administrative/ FE Implementation of research, development and deployment of
Energy $3.4 B OIG Staff has developed an effective approach for achieving Q3 FY2009 Q2 FY2010 1
Energy Financial ARRA technologies related to cleaner and more efficient
the goals and objectives of the Recovery Act.
uses of coal.
Type of Reviews
Administrative/Financial Reviews - reviews of management administrative issues, management internal controls, or financial systems/processes
Eligibility Reviews - reviews to determine if eligibility requirements were met for a given program
Performance Reviews - reviews to determine the effectiveness of a given program
Other Reviews - reviews that do not fit within the above categories
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