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Letter to Chairman Issa on OIG's Open Audit Recommendations

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On April 29, 2011, we issued a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, regarding the status of open OIG recommendations.  Specifically, the Chairman requested:  (1) the number of open OIG recommendations; (2) estimated cost savings associated with open recommendations; (3) our three most important open recommendations; and (4) the number of recommendations that have been implemented between March 24, 2010, and the present. 

 As of April 13, 2011, we identified 425 open recommendations, which were included in 136 audit reports.  Of the 425open recommendations, 42, which were included in 31 reports, carry an estimated monetary benefit or cost savings totaling over $2 billion.  To determine the three most significant open recommendations, we assessed whether the recommendation would lead to significant safety improvements, financial benefits, or increased economy or efficiency of the program audited.  We selected one recommendation from each of these reports:  Air Traffic Control: Potential Fatigue Factors, Quality Control Review of Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2009, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Alcohol-Impaired Driving Highway Traffic Safety Program.  Lastly, between March 24, 2010, and April 13, 2011, we have closed 404 recommendations from 188audit reports.