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Audit (A-09-10-01001)

Review of the Department of Health & Human Servicesí Limited Data-Quality Reviews of Information Reported by Recipients of Recovery Act Funds

Executive Summary

Section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) requires recipients of certain Recovery Act funds to report to the applicable Federal agency, not later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter, (1) the total amount of Recovery Act funds received and the amount that was expended or obligated, (2) a detailed list of all projects for which Recovery Act funds were expended or obligated, and (3) detailed information on payments to subrecipients and vendors. Federal agencies are required to conduct limited data-quality reviews intended to identify material omissions and/or significant errors in the recipientsí reported information.

For the first and second reporting periods (February 17 through September 30, 2009, and October 1 through December 31, 2009), we found that the Departmentís limited data-quality reviews of recipient-reported Recovery Act information identified material omissions and significant errors, and the Department took several steps to minimize material omissions and significant errors. Consequently, this report contains no recommendations.

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