Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DOT Inspector General Gets Extension to Spend Stimulus Funds

The American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA) provided funds for inspectors general at agencies receiving supplementary appropriations through the act to conduct investigations related to the spending of the funds, oversight of projects, and compliance with special requirements.  A subsequent act directed act (the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) required the return to the Treasury of unobligated ARRA funds after December 31, 2012, unless the president found it was not in the national interest to do so.  At the request of several inspectors general, including the one at the Department of Transportation, President Barack Obama waived the recession of ARRA funds for the inspectors general so they could continue long-term investigations and oversight.

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