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Follow-Up Audit Initiated on DOT’s Suspension and Debarment Program

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The Office of Inspector General is conducting a follow-up audit of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Suspension and Debarment (S&D) Program. Suspension and debarment actions are among the Government’s strongest tools to deter unethical and unlawful use of Federal funds. In January 2010, we reported that DOT’s S&D program lacked sufficient internal controls to exclude prohibited parties from obtaining contracts and grants. DOT took corrective actions to improve its S&D policies and procedures. However, recent work continues to shows delays in S&D decision making and raises concerns that DOT may not be sustaining its earlier improvements in S&D decision making and reporting. Given the importance of S&D, our audit objective is to determine if DOT suspends or debars prohibited parties and reports S&D activities in governmentwide tracking systems timely and accurately.