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
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
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
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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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.
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
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