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Letter to Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson on the Status of OIG Open Audit Recommendations

We issued a letter to Chairman John Thune and Ranking Member Bill Nelson of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding the status of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) open audit recommendations. Specifically, the Chairman and Ranking Member requested the following: (1) a list of all outstanding OIG recommendations that DOT has yet to implement fully; (2) for each such outstanding recommendation, an indication whether DOT has concurred with the recommendation, whether there is an expected date by which the recommendation will be implemented, and if applicable, either the cost of fully implementing the recommendation or the cost savings that could be obtained if it were fully implemented; (3) highlight the highest priority open recommendations or those that pose the highest risk if not implemented; and (4) any Agency attempts to interfere with OIG independence, deny access to information or documents, or any objections or delays in cooperating with OIG oversight or investigations.

As of December 31, 2015, we identified 569 open recommendations, which were included in 176 audit reports issued between July 18, 2007, and December 31, 2015. Of these, 29 recommendations (from 24 reports) carry an estimated monetary benefit or cost savings totaling over $1.9 billion. We have identified 33 open recommendations that are the highest priority or which present the highest risk if not implemented.