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Opportunities To Improve Internal Controls Over the Federal Transit Benefit Program

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On April 24, the Inspector General testified regarding the Federal transit benefit program before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The Inspector General testified that while the Department has strengthened internal controls over its transit benefit program, further improvements can be made, including: (1) enhancing supervisory oversight of the commuting costs claimed by employees; and (2) requiring employees to adjust their transit benefits upon changes to their commuting methods or work schedules.

Opportunities also exist to improve internal controls over the transit benefit program government-wide, such as: (1) including the transit benefit program in agencies' assessments of their internal controls during the A-123 process; (2) requiring Federal employees to annually recertify their eligibility; (3) reviewing and applying appropriate lessons learned in other Government programs; (4) developing and enforcing consistent disciplinary policies; and (5) mandating use of the SmartBenefits program throughout Government agencies in the National Capital Region.