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Navy’s Biggest Recovery Project is On Land

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on December 13, 2011

The Department of the Navy’s largest Recovery funded project is a new hospital under construction at Camp Pendleton on the California coast.  When completed in January 2014, the hospital will support approximately 151,000 active duty and retired military personnel and their families.

The 500,000 square-foot facility will include:

  • Inpatient services
  • Emergency care
  • Primary care
  • Specialty care

The $394 million contract was awarded to the Costa Mesa firm Clark/McCarthy, which in turn has engaged the services of 49 sub-recipients. The new hospital replaces one constructed in 1969.

As of the end of September, 2011 work on the foundation, including installation of below-ground mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, was complete. Workers are now erecting the structural steel for the seven-story building.

Helping Warriors Come Home

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on December 7, 2011

Fort Campbell Drawing

The last phase of a $32 million Recovery-funded housing facility for wounded soldiers and their families was recently completed at the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The new Warriors in Transition Barracks (WTB) includes 206 beds in apartment-like modules with bathrooms and kitchenettes.

WTBs are housing complexes designed to help recuperating service men and women who no longer require hospital care but still need a healing environment. Their families are also able to live with them.

Clark Caddell JV of Tampa, Florida, received $25 million in Recovery funds for constructing the Fort Campbell barracks. Nationview, LLC, a small business in Birmingham, Alabama, received $7 million for constructing the administration and operations facilities.

Another WTB built with Recovery funds was opened in June at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Recovery Funded Cheyenne River Health Center to Open in December

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards, Tribal News by Recovery.gov on November 30, 2011

HHS LogoThe newly constructed Cheyenne River Health Center in South Dakota, is a 138,542 square foot facility that will provide health services for 9,300 American Indians. The hospital was built with $84.5 million from the Recovery Act, broke ground in May 2008 and is set to open in December.  The facility replaces the former Eagle Butte Indian Health Services (IHS) Hospital, which was unable to meet the needs of the community. New staff quarters for health care providers are also being built as part of this project.

The Recovery Act has provided $500 million through the IHS for the construction of priority health care facilities, building maintenance and improvement, water and wastewater sanitation projects, the purchase of medical equipment and health information technology.  IHS projects include, the replacement of the Eagle Butte Health Center and also the Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome, Alaska. The new facility in Nome will serve 10,000 Alaska Native spread across 44,000 miles. Together the projects have been funded with $227 million in Recovery Act funds.

You can learn more about this project by visiting the HHS website.

View a description of quarterly activities related to the construction of the Cheyenne River Health Center, or see the recipient summary for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Getting 50 Tons of Toxic Chemicals Out of the Ground

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Act by Recovery.gov on November 29, 2011

Cleaning up contaminated groundwater at the Lowell, Massachusetts site of a former chemical plant has been accelerated as a result of $20 million in Recovery Act funds from the Environmental Protection Agency.

When Silresim Corporation went out of business in 1977, it left behind 30,000 decaying drums and large storage tanks filled with toxic chemicals, which leaked into the groundwater.  The drums and tanks have since been removed, but state and federal officials have been working to clean up the contamination for almost 30 years.

Using advanced technology, which Recovery funds helped to buy, officials expect to remove more than 50 tons of chemicals from soil and water within nine months – a process that would normally take much longer.

Nobis Engineering, Inc., a local firm, is prime contractor for the work.

Watch EPA’s video about this project.

Targeting a Health Threat

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on November 22, 2011

Insulin BottleDiabetes afflicts nearly 24 million Americans, and another 79 million have an increased risk for the disease. It is the seventh leading cause of death among all Americans and is a major cause of other deadly diseases. Annual healthcare costs associated with diabetes total $174 billion.

Because of these concerns, the Department of Health and Human Services has provided more than $500 million in Recovery Act funds to universities, hospitals, and related institutions to conduct research into diabetes. The goals are two-fold:

  • Increase understanding of causes and treatments of the disease
  • Invest in health information technology that can lead to better and more efficient care and prevention

Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 90 percent of all cases. Two Recovery funded research projects – by University of Michigan and University of Virginia, respectively – are exploring the genetics of diabetes:

  • A study building on recent discoveries of common genetic variants that contribute to type 2 diabetes
  • A study to identify genetic contributors to diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in African Americans, who are at elevated risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease

HHS, Diabetes and the Recovery Act

Traffic Eased in Fresno California with New Stretch of Expressway

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards, State News by Recovery.gov on November 21, 2011

Kings Canyon ExpresswayThe California Department of Transportation recently announced completion of a new six-mile stretch of expressway for the southeast area of Fresno.

The $68 million project, paid for in part with $18 million of Recovery funds, added a four-lane section of highway to Kings Canyon Expressway, also known as State Route 180 East – a heavily congested traffic artery connecting different parts of Fresno County.

“The route serves as the primary agricultural goods movement corridor in eastern Fresno County and is of growing importance for commute travel from the surrounding rural areas and neighboring communities to the Fresno metropolitan area,” says California DOT.

The new expressway “will significantly reduce traffic congestion,” the agency adds.

Recovery funded transportation activity in California

Photo of the Week – Road Work in Morro Bay, California

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on November 14, 2011
Road Work in Morro Bay

Photo contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr group by MBCivil

A shortage of thermoplastic striping led to the choice to use “Bots Dots” as an alternative to striping on this ARRA-funded project on North Main Street in Morro Bay.

Renovating the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on November 3, 2011

Reflecting Pool Under Construction

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool – a popular site for tourists in the nation’s capital – is undergoing a $31 million renovation thanks to a Recovery award from the Department of the Interior. Prime contractor Corman Construction of Annapolis, MD, has removed leaking concrete slabs on the bottom of the pool and is installing a new water circulation system and new storm drains. Nearly 108,000 square feet of surrounding walkways will also be improved. Work is expected to continue into 2012.

You can see quarterly activities reported by the recipient and more information about this project by visiting the Award Summary.

Project Spotlight – High Speed Internet Improvements in Eastern Colorado

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on November 1, 2011


Recipient: Plains Cooperative Telephone Association, Inc.

Award Amount: $1,672,080

The recipient reported that these Recovery funds would be used to:

  • Update facilities to offer high speed internet to 13 remote communities in Eastern Colorado.

The majority of this proposed funded service area is farm and ranch land. Within the area there are 1,096 households, 272 businesses, and 42 critical community facilities including 5 schools, 1 medical facility, 10 public safety entities, 4 community support organizations, and 22 government facilities. The project will cover 1,974 square miles (an area larger than the state of Delaware) with 1,000 miles of fiber optic cable.

The recipient reported that as of 9/30/2011:

  • Engineering and tabulations on the Eastern half of the project were almost finalized
  • The contract for the IP routing equipment was approved, ordered, delivered and is in the process of being installed
  • Negotiations with the chosen equipment vendor have been completed
  • Boring of the state highways on the Western half of the project has started
  • Fiber is scheduled to be shipped the third week in November
  • Construction is set to begin the first week in December

Project Status: Less than 50% complete

To see how funds were distributed between the project’s prime and sub recipients and to learn more about the project check out the Project Summary or enter your zip code to find Recovery projects near you.

You’ve Filed a Fraud, Waste, & Abuse Complaint – Where Does It Go?

Posted in Accountability by Recovery.gov on October 27, 2011

InspectorsGeneralSealYou’ve notified the Recovery Board that you suspect fraud, waste and abuse involving a Recovery project.  What happens to your complaint?

The Board’s fraud analysts review every complaint received. First, they try to determine if, in fact, Recovery funds are involved and, if so, which federal agency issued the award.

The analysts then focus on the company or companies involved, looking for information that may not have been apparent or available to government officials when the award was issued. Analysts also check whether any company has a criminal history or has ever been debarred from working with the government.

When all possible information has been gathered and analysts have determined the allegation is substantive, a report is sent to the Inspector General of the agency that issued the award; the Board will follow up with the IG until the complaint has been reviewed and/or the matter closed.

You may or may not be contacted by the Inspector General’s office. That might be due to the sheer volume of complaints received or because you provided all information needed. In either case, your complaint is treated seriously.

VIDEO: Who’s Tracking the Money

Details on Fraud, Waste, Abuse

How to file a fraud, waste, abuse complaint

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