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Letter to Chairman Issa on OIG's Open Audit Recommendations

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On April 26, 2012, we issued a letter to Representative 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 this past year. 

As of April 16, 2012, we identified 536 open recommendations, which were included in 193 audit reports.  Of the 536 open recommendations, 50 were included in 42 reports and carry an estimated monetary benefit or cost savings totaling over $1.9 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:  FAA and Industry Are Taking Action To Address Pilot Fatigue, but More Information on Pilot Commuting Is Needed;Assessment of FHWA Oversight of the Highway Bridge Program and the National Bridge Inspection Program; and Timely Actions Needed To Improve DOT’s Cybersecurity.  Lastly, between April 7, 2011, and April 16, 2012, we have closed 466 recommendations from 204 audit reports.