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Audit Termination Notification: FHWA’s Post-Award Oversight of BUILD and TIGER Grants

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The Office of Inspector General terminated its audit of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) post-award oversight of grants awarded through the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant programs. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2021, DOT received over $10 billion through these programs to award discretionary grants for transportation projects with a significant national, regional, or local impact. FHWA has been responsible for administering the majority of BUILD and TIGER grants, with individual project award amounts ranging from $85,000 to as much as $105 million. Our objective for this self-initiated audit was to assess FHWA’s post-award BUILD and TIGER grant oversight. We chose to terminate this audit because FHWA’s actions to address recommendations from our report on the Agency’s oversight of a BUILD grant in Florida include improvements to its processes nationwide and remain in progress. In addition, FHWA has made changes to its internal management review and assessment processes, and it is premature to assess the effectiveness of those changes. We remain committed to working with the Department to support and enhance its grant program oversight and processes.