ARRA Advisory: Sampling of Improper Payments in Major DOT Grants Programs Department of Transportation
The Office of Inspector General is working to identify potential business risks for the more than $48 billion in stimulus funds allocated to the Department of Transportation (DOT). One important control for preventing such risks is the DOT’s improper payment testing, which is conducted pursuant to the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA). This testing, when conducted properly, can better identify improper payments and determine the seriousness or extent of such payments. The Office of Inspector General issued an advisory report emphasizing the need for ensuring the integrity of the sample selection, including expanding the sample size, for the improper payments testing. Greater attention to these areas is needed to ensure government funds, including Recovery Act dollars, are not improperly paid.