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IG Report Highlight – Department of the Interior

Posted in Accountability, Inspector General Reports, Tribal News by Recovery.gov on February 1, 2012

DOIOIG SealInspector General Report

From: Department of Interior

Date: January 10, 2012

Re: Inspector General follows up on management of funding to Indian schools

Background: Interior Department officials recently checked to see if five recommendations that the agency’s Inspector General made in April 2010 had been implemented. The recommendations involved the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) management of Recovery funded programs for improving/repairing American Indian schools.  BIA should:

  1. Obtain refunds of any advance payments to programs that later fail to adhere to specified terms.
  2. Ensure building repairs and improvements are funded enough to be fully completed and functional.
  3. Clarify the roles and responsibilities of those in charge of accountability and transparency of Recovery funds.
  4. Direct all tribes and contractors to post information about whistleblower protection on the project site.
  5. Consider using a secure, web-based project management system.

Findings: BIA had implemented all but the last recommendation, which BIA said would not be compatible with its firewall system; Interior officials concurred.

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