Actions Needed to Ensure Accurate Executive Order 13520 Reporting
On November 7, 2011, we issued our report on DOT's Executive Order 13520 Reporting. We found DOT's September 2010 report to OIG did not accurately account for high-dollar overpayments and recoveries, or meet reporting requirements for high-priority programs and high-dollar overpayments. The January 2011 report also did not meet reporting requirements for high-dollar overpayments. While DOT intended to ensure transparency, both reports included improper payment amounts that did not need to be reported. We did not identify any high-dollar overpayments that should have been reported, and actual payment recoveries were understated in the report. We made a recommendation to assist the Department in its preparation of quarterly reports on high dollar improper payments. DOT concurred with our recommendation and provided appropriate planned actions and timeframes.