Recovery Blog

Working Together Pays Off

Posted in From the Recovery Board Chair by on July 16, 2012

This is a story about a small amount of money but it’s one that illustrates why government works best when people pull together.

This past February, the hotline at the Office of Inspector General, Department of Education, received a complaint about the overpayment of Recovery Act funds to eight special education employees from a school district in the state of Washington. The complainant said that the school district discovered the overpayments and directed the employees to pay back the funds. The problem:  The repayments were credited to the district’s general fund, not to the Recovery program.

Once alerted by the Education IG’s office, agency officials moved quickly to correct the situation. They notified Washington state education officials whose staff then conducted an on-site review of the district’s books. As it turned out, the hotline complainant was right on the money. In June, the district acknowledged an over claim from Recovery funds of a little more than $20,000. State and district officials agreed to remit the funds to the federal Education Department.

A little story, to be sure, but one that shows the government’s Recovery oversight program is working well. A hotline complaint was filed, federal education officials took swift action, and local and state officials helped solve the problem.  Taxpayers benefit when government agencies at all levels work together. It’s that simple.

Kathleen S. Tighe, Chair, Recovery Board, and Inspector General, Department of Education

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  1. Dan Woods said, on July 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    This demonstrates what can go right about Government. Well done.

  2. Mo Bradley said, on July 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I am a student teacher and I can attest that it is vital for all agencies to work together to help the citizens in this country- especially when it comes to education, a place in this country where a lot of things slip through the cracks. Unfortunately, when agencies do not work together, it’s both the taxpayers and the school children that suffer.

  3. Susie Smith said, on August 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Yes, it’s true that American government agencies function at their best when they work together and unite for a common goal.

  4. Henry said, on August 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    a little story but with a very sharp point. Take that oversight and times it by 1,000 and you probably have an overview of what goes on all across the country. Accountability in govt is not only a good idea but a necessary idea.

  5. Rachel Goldsmith said, on September 10, 2012 at 4:01 am

    A little story, but it proves, American Governments war working the best when the pull up their sleeves and do the right thing. Go on with that good work.

  6. Online Gym said, on December 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Oversight oversight oversight. We need more oversight. We are spending way to much money as a country.. The Government can learn a lot from the Recovery Act. I’m tried of money just disappearing Way to go guys.

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