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					                                                                                 OIG Recovery Act Plan Overview

                                       OIG Name: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General



                                                     In 2010, VA OIG will continue conducting its comprehensive program of audits, evaluations, investigations, and other oversight activities for the VA programs,
                     OIG Broad Recovery Act Goals:
                                                     projects, grants, and initiatives funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

   OIG Broad Training and Outreach Recovery Act In 2010, VA OIG will continue conducting fraud awareness training, briefings, and other outreach activities targeting procurement, program, and other officials
                                         Goals: involved in the acquisition, management, or oversight of VA ARRA activities to help deter, prevent, and identify fraud, waste, and abuse in these programs.

                                                     As discussed in the 2009 Work Plan, OIG assessed each of VA's ARRA-funded programs based on the following factors: 1) total funding and spend plans; 2)
                                                     relevant program and audit criteria; 3) prior audit coverage; 4) ongoing audits, reviews, and investigations; 5) major processes designed to ensure the program
                                                     meets its intended purposes; 6) the risk of program processes not operating as intended and the resulting effect on the ability to meet objectives; 7) controls
                                                     over the processes; 8) the risks of controls not operating as intended and the resulting effect on the ability to meet objectives; and 9) program impact if risks are
                                                     realized and/or controls are inadequate. Based on these assessments, OIG considered the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) non-recurring maintenance
                                                     (NRM) and energy project program to be high risk.
      OIG Recovery Act Risk Assessment Process:
                                                     Based on subsequent risk analysis for the 2010 Work Plan, OIG determined that a proposed review of the ARRA initiative, VA One-Time Stimulus Payments to
                                                     Disabled Veterans, will not be done based on a conclusion of low risk. OIG will update its risk assessments as appropriate based on current information about
                                                     VA ARRA-funded program performance.



   OIG Staff Dedicated to Recovery Act Oversight:


                          OIG Recovery Act Funds: $1,000,000

      Expiration Date of OIG Recovery Act Funds: 2011



  OIG Recovery Act Funds Allocated to Contracts: No

              Purpose of Recovery Act Contracts: NA

     Types of Recovery Act Contracts Awarded to
                                                NA
                                          Date:


             Link to OIG Recovery Act Work Plan: http://www.va.gov/oig/recovery/default.asp




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                                                                                                               OIG FY 2010 Recovery Act Work Plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Review
                                   Recovery Act Funds                                                                                                                                                                                                 Expected        Expected             Expected
                                                                           Entity Performing                                                                                                                                          Included on
    Agency      Program Area           Associated         Type of Review                            Project Title                           Background                                             Objective                                        Quarter Work      Quarter(s)          Number of
                                                                                Review                                                                                                                                               Prior Recovery
                                    w/Program Area                                                                                                                                                                                                     Begins       Reports Issued          Reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Act Plan (Y/N)

 Dept. of     See each Program See each Program         See each Program   See each Program See each Program Area        See each Program Area below                           Introduction. In 2010, OIG will continue              See each       See each       See each              See each
 Veterans     Area below       Area below               Area below         Area below       below                                                                              conducting the comprehensive program of               Program Area   Program Area   Program Area          Program
 Affairs (VA)                                                                                                                                                                  oversight begun in 2009 for VA's ARRA-funded          below          below          below                 Area below
                                                                                                                                                                               programs, projects, grants, and other initiatives.
                                                                                                                                                                               Audits, Evaluations, and Monitoring. OIG will
                                                                                                                                                                               continue conducting a series of audits and
                                                                                                                                                                               evaluation projects covering the ARRA-funded VA
                                                                                                                                                                               program areas shown below, including medical
                                                                                                                                                                               facility NRM and energy projects; national
                                                                                                                                                                               cemetery NRM projects and upgrades; grants to
                                                                                                                                                                               States for extended care facilities; and claims
                                                                                                                                                                               processing staffing and IT enhancements.

                                                                                                                                                                               Investigations. OIG will conduct criminal and
                                                                                                                                                                               administrative investigations of allegations of
                                                                                                                                                                               wrongdoing in VA ARRA activities received from
                                                                                                                                                                               the OIG Hotline, OIG auditors, VA program
                                                                                                                                                                               officials, or other sources.

                                                                                                                                                                               Fraud Prevention and Identification. OIG will
                                                                                                                                                                               continue providing fraud awareness training,
                                                                                                                                                                               briefings, and outreach to VA employees and other
                                                                                                                                                                               officials involved in ARRA activities. OIG will
                                                                                                                                                                               continue promoting the use of the special ARRA
                                                                                                                                                                               link to the OIG Hotline for reporting potential
                                                                                                                                                                               ARRA program abuses.

      VA       Veterans Health       $1,000,000,000        Combination         OIG Staff        Audit of VHA Oversight   With the ARRA funding, VHA is initiating 942 NRM      The first phase of audit work will assess the              Yes          Q4 FY 09    1) Final report              2
                Administration                                                                   of American Recovery    projects at VA medical facilities nationwide to       reliability of ARRA-related data in the Office of                                   issued Q2 FY 10
                (VHA) medical                                                                  and Reinvestment Act of   replace, upgrade, and modernize existing              Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction's (OLAC)                                   2) Q3 FY 10
                 facility non-                                                                   Medical Facility Non-   infrastructure and utility systems. Project           Electronic Contract Management System and to
                  recurring                                                                     Recurring Maintenance    categories include interior and exterior              determine if the project contract awards complied
                 maintenance                                                                           Projects          renovations to address patient privacy and other      with       ARRA     requirements     and     OLAC
              (NRM) and energy                                                                                           issues; heating, ventilation, and cooling systems;    implementation guidance. The second phase audit
                   projects                                                                                              building infrastructure; safety, security, and fire   work will determine if competition is being sought
                                                                                                                         alarms; energy conservation; accessibility;           for ARRA NRM contracts; if bids are properly
                                                                                                                         renewable energy (solar, wind, and geothermal);       evaluated to obtain fair and reasonable prices
                                                                                                                         and other miscellaneous projects.                     when there is less than full and open competition;
                                                                                                                                                                               and if contracts contain required ARRA clauses.


      VA        VHA Grants for       $150,000,000          Combination         OIG Staff             Audit of VHA        ARRA funds were provided to VHA to award grants       The audit will determine if VHA has implemented            Yes          Q3 FY 09    1) Interim                   2
                State Extended                                                                     Management of         to States for the construction, acquisition, or       effective strategies to identify opportunities to                                   Advisory report
                 Care Facilities                                                               American Recovery and     modification of hospitals, nursing homes,             strengthen management of the State Grant                                            issued Q4 FY 09
                                                                                               Reinvestment Act Funds    domiciliaries, or adult health care facilities for    Program and to meet ARRA program goals.                                             2) Final report
                                                                                               for State Extended Care   veterans who are disabled by age or disease and                                                                                           issued Q3 FY 10
                                                                                                       Facilities        are incapable of earning a living. VHA plans to
                                                                                                                         award 49 grants to 30 States for construction of
                                                                                                                         new facilities and improvements to existing
                                                                                                                         facilities.



      VA      Veterans Benefits      $150,000,000          Combination         OIG Staff        Audit of VBA New Hire    In 2009, VBA used the ARRA funding to hire            The audit will evaluate VBA’s progress in hiring           Yes          Q3 FY 09    Final report                 1
               Administration                                                                      Productivity and      additional claims processing staff. VBA               new claims processing staff to fill the ARRA-funded                                 issued Q2 FY 10
                (VBA) Hiring                                                                   American Recovery and     determined the funding would support hiring 500       positions and the resulting productivity associated
              Temporary Claims                                                                 Reinvestment Act Hiring   permanent and 1,800 temporary employees. As           with the newly hired staff.
                 Processors                                                                            Initiative        of August 2009, VBA reported being on pace to fill
                                                                                                                         most of the 2,300 positions by September 30,
                                                                                                                         2009, as planned.




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                                                                                                  OIG FY 2010 Recovery Act Work Plan

      VA      National Cemetery   $50,000,000       Combination       OIG Staff   Audit of NCA Oversight,    NCA provides burial services to veterans and          The audit will determine if NCA has implemented       Yes   Q4 FY 09        Q3 FY 10                1
               Administration                                                         Acquisition, and       eligible dependents at the 128 National               effective policies, procedures, and other controls
              (NCA) Monument                                                          Management of          Cemeteries nationwide. NCA will utilize the ARRA      to ensure accountability and transparency in its
                and Memorial                                                      American Recovery and      funds for 395 maintenance and repair projects.        oversight of the ARRA-funded projects.
                   Repairs                                                        Reinvestment Act Funds     The project categories include national shrine
                                                                                    for Monument and         (monument, memorial, and gravesite) repairs;
                                                                                     Memorial Repairs        roads, paving, and grounds; equipment purchases
                                                                                                             for cemetery operations: energy conservation;
                                                                                                             renewable energy; exterior and interior
                                                                                                             renovation; and other miscellaneous projects.


      VA         VHA and NCA      Not applicable   Administrative /   OIG Staff   Audit of VA’s American     ARRA established reporting requirements for           The audit will determine if VA has established the    No    Q4 FY 09       Final report             1
                Reporting Data                        Financial                       Recovery and           recipients of ARRA funds, such as contractors, to     required processes to perform limited data quality                      issued Q1 FY 10
                   Quality                                                        Reinvestment Act Data      promote transparency and accountability for the       reviews of quarterly recipient reports to identify
                                                                                  Quality Review Process     effective use of the funds. Recipients are required   material omissions and significant reporting errors
                                                                                                             to submit a report not later than 10 days after the   and to notify the recipients of needed corrections.
                                                                                                             end of each calendar quarter providing
                                                                                                             information on the amount of funds received,
                                                                                                             funds expended, project list, completion status,
                                                                                                             and an estimate of jobs created or retained.


      VA           Office of      $50,000,000       Combination       OIG Staff    Oversight of the Use of   VA will use ARRA funds for software development, The review will assess the effectiveness of                Yes   Q1 FY 10        Q4 FY 10                1
                 Information                                                      American Recovery and      staff, equipment, and supplies to support        software development and deployment in support
               Technology VBA                                                     Reinvestment Act Funds     implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and for  of VBA implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
                   Support                                                         to Develop Software in    upgrades of other VBA systems.
                                                                                          Support of
                                                                                   Implementation of the
                                                                                       Post 9/11 GI Bill
      VA         VHA Medical      $200,000,000      Combination       OIG Staff   Audit of VHA Energy and    Of the $1 billion associated with VHA NRM             The audit will assess VHA's implementation of         Yes   Q4 FY 10        Q3 FY 11                1
                Facility Energy                                                      Efficiency Projects     projects, VA has dedicated $200 million for           Federal energy management policies and VA
                   Projects                                                                                  approximately 125 projects to expand its              directives and VA's effectiveness in reducing
                                                                                                             renewable energy portfolio, implement energy          energy consumption and costs. In addition, the
                                                                                                             efficiency projects, and install energy and water     audit will determine if contracts comply with
                                                                                                             meters to meet federal mandates. Types of             applicable ARRA and Federal Acquisition
                                                                                                             renewable energy projects include studies and/or      Regulation (FAR) competition, evaluation, and
                                                                                                             implementation of solar photovoltaic, wind            award requirements.
                                                                                                             turbine, direct geothermal, and renewably fueled
                                                                                                             cogeneration systems.




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