Congress enacted ARRA for the purposes of (1) preserving and creating jobs and promoting economic recovery; (2) assisting those most impacted by the recession; (3) providing investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; (4) investing in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and (5) stabilizing State and local government budgets. Congress anticipated that Federal agencies would commence expenditures and activities as quickly as possible consistent with prudent management.
Because of the Congress’ view of the importance of ARRA to the intended economic recovery and because of the belief that the accelerated rate at which these moneys are to be expended will increase the risk of fraud, waste, and abuse, the Congress included in ARRA rigorous additional reporting and transparency requirements that must be met by recipients and subrecipients of the moneys and additional investigatory and audit requirements that must be met by Federal inspectors general and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Further, the Federal Single Audit, already required of State and local governments as a condition of receiving Federal financial assistance, has been identified in Congressional testimony by the GAO and by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as one of the primary tools available to measure the degree of stewardship and accountability provided by the states for moneys provided under ARRA.
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