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ARRA Job Data Reporting for FAA Programs—Lessons Learned for Improving Accuracy and Transparency for Future Job Reporting

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On February 10, 2012, we issued a report on job reporting for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). We found that FAA met the ARRA requirement to provide reports on job data, and we noted improvements in overall reporting of job data over time. However, we identified a number of areas for improvement that can serve as lessons learned for the ARRA reports still remaining and for any future job creation efforts. We also found that while it is clear that ARRA-funded FAA projects have created or sustained jobs, the full extent of this accomplishment is unclear because of errors and inconsistencies in the collection and reporting of job information. Finally, we identified areas where the DOT can clarify aspects of its department-wide job data reports to better meet ARRA’s transparency and accountability requirements. We made five recommendations to FAA and DOT to improve job reporting and to increase data accuracy and transparency. FAA’s planned actions for two recommendations and DOT’s planned actions for its single recommendation are responsive, and we consider these recommendations resolved but open pending completion of the planned actions. For the remaining two recommendations, we are requesting that FAA reconsider its position regarding further evaluation of submitted job data.