New Audit Announcements
Audit Initiated of DOT's Oversight of Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds
In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused widespread damage in the mid-Atlantic and the northeastern United States, particularly to the area’s transportation infrastructure. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (DRAA) designated more than $13 billion for infrastructure investments across several modes of transportation and funds for our office to oversee DOT’s administration of the relief funds. To comply with the DRAA, we are initiating a series of audits using a three-phase strategy: Phase 1 will be a proactive scan of risks and challenges associated with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Emergency Relief Program for Sandy relief; Phase 2 will be an evaluation of how the Department has executed Sandy relief awards and addressed the risks identified in Phase 1; and Phase 3 will be a series of Sandy relief post-award and oversight audits based upon significant risks that emerged during Phases 1 and 2. The objective for Phase 1 is to provide an early assessment of FTA’s readiness, processes, and procedures to meet DRAA’s legislative and regulatory requirements, including FTA’s planning efforts to implement its new Emergency Relief Program. We will develop specific audit objectives for the second and third review phases as our work progresses.