McAfee & Taft RegLINC: Recap of EPA’s Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report By Heidi Slinkard Brasher

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In May 2011 the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Semiannual Report to Congress for October 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011. The report covers the OIG’s efforts in assisting the EPA in auditing and investigating programs and operations recommending more efficient, economical and effective operation of EPA programs and informing Congress and the EPA Administrator of problems, deficiencies, and necessary corrective action related to the same programs. The OIG’s purpose is to detect and prevent waste, fraud and abuse within the EPA or its programs.

Much of the OIG’s activities during the reporting period related to the EPA’s use of $7.2 billion received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Twenty million ARRA dollars were allocated to the OIG for oversight and review of the EPA’s use of ARRA funds. Over half of the funds have been used thus far. Problems identified by the OIG include...

Article authored by McAfee & Taft Attorney: Heidi Slinkard Brasher.

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