Audit Initiated of FHWA’s Oversight of the Indian Reservation Roads Program
The Office of Inspector General plans to conduct an audit of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) program. According to FHWA, approximately 11 billion vehicle miles are traveled annually on the IRR system even though 60 percent of its roads are unpaved and 27 percent of its bridges are classified as deficient. From fiscal year 2005 through fiscal year 2011, the program received $3.17 billion, including $310 million provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to address tribal transportation needs. FHWA must coordinate extensively with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs to implement the program. Our objectives will be to assess whether FHWA is: (1) effectively coordinating with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to administer and manage the IRR program; and (2) providing adequate oversight of projects contracted directly with tribes.