Enhanced Monitoring Tools Are Needed To Improve NHTSA’s Oversight of Highway Safety Grants
To help reduce fatalities, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards formula and incentive grants to States to conduct a wide range of highway safety programs. NHTSA’s regional offices play an important role in monitoring States’ and sub-grantees’ use of grant funds. We focused our audit work on one NHTSA regional office, Region 5. Our review determined that NHTSA grantees in Region 5 generally met key Federal grant requirements, but the Agency lacks strategies for addressing delayed expenditures of grant funds and targeting higher risk grantees. In addition, all of NHTSA’s regional offices conduct triennial management reviews of grantees; however, the Agency does not sufficiently track grantee deficiencies identified in these reviews, or have sufficient tools to identify and mitigate systemic nationwide issues. NHTSA generally concurred with all four of our recommendations.