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Inspectors General: Information on Resources and Selected Accomplishments of Five Inspectors Generals

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1999-11-19.

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United States General Accounting   Of&e                                  Accounting   and Information
Washington,  DC 20548                                                           Management Division


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          November 19,1999

          The Honorable TiIlie K. Fowler
          Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight,
            Investigations, and Emergency Management
          Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
          House of Representatives

          Subject:    Inspectors General: Information on Resources and Selected
                      Accomplishments of Five Inspectors General

          Dear Chairman Fowler:

          You requested that we provide information about the resources and selected
          accomplishments of the inspectors general (IGs) at the Environmental Protection
          Agency (EPA), General Services Admini&ation        (GSA), Department of
          Transportation (DOT), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and
          National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). Specifkally, you requested
          information for fiscal years 1992 through 1998 regarding (1) reported actual
          obligations, (2) reported actual number of full-time equivalent staff, (3) reported
          questioned costs, (4) reported funds to be put to better use, (5) reported investigative
          recoveries, and (6) reported number of reports issued.

          We obtained the most recent information available from theBudget of the United
          St&es, the annual reports of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency and
          the Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency, and the IGs’ semiannual reports,
          except for the Amtrak budget and stafsng information, which we obtained from the
          Amtrak IG. As agreed with your office, we did not verify the information presented in
          the enclosure.

          We requested comments on a draft of this letter from the five IGs. The five IGs
          generally agreed with the information in this letter. They also provided clarifying
          comments that we have incorporated into our report as appropriate.




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 Please contact me on (202) 512-9489, or Edith Pyles, Assistant Director,         on
 (202) 512-9582, if you or your staff have any questions about this letter.




 Da\rid L. Clark
 Director, Audit Oversight   and Liaison

 Enclosure




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     Enclosure

                           Information                    on Resources and Selected &comDlishments
                                                             of Five InsDectors General
    Table     1: Reported         Actual     IG Obligations                   for Fiscal Years 1992 Through                      1998




   Source:     Budget     of the United    States       for fiscal     years    1994 through      2000.     except   for Amtrak          data, which   were   obtained   from the
   Amtrak     IG.


  Table       2: Repotted       Actual      Number            of Full-Time          Equivalent            IG Employees            for Fiscal Years 1992 Through
  1998




  PI1 998                          I                                                                       2801                     4181                      59

 Source: h@et            Of me united     states      for fiscal      years    1994 through      2000,     except    for Amtrak      data,    whiih    were   obtained   from   the
 htmk    IG.

 Table 3: RepOrted             Questioned             Costs          for Fiscal Years          1992 Through               1998


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Y)uestioned      costs    have decreased           significantly       due to the close        out of the Consbuction            Grant     Program.

Ptinc~       Source: A RugfesS      Report to tie President, President3                        Council     on Integrity     and Efficiency        and Executive Council on
Integrity    and Efficiency for fiscal years 1992 through    1998.




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  Enclosure
  Table       4: Reported       Funds To Be Put To Better                    Use for Fiscal Years 1992 Through                         1998




tFY1998                             I              $2.01                 $192.71                     $290.7)           $1059.11                    $0.91

 Primary      Source: A Pqfress      Report fo the President,             President’s      Council     on Integrity   and Efficiency    and Executive      Council   on
 Integrity    and Efficiency for fiscal years 1992 through               1998.

 Table       5: Reported       Investigative       Recoveries            for Fiscal        Years 1992 Through               1998




 Primary      Source: A Progress      Report to the President,            President’s      Council     on Integrity   and Efficiency    and Executive      Council   on
 Integrity    and Efficiency  for fiscal years 1992 through              1998.


Table        6: Reported       Number      of IG Reports         for Fiscal Years               1992 Through           1998




‘EPA stated that beginning    in fiscal year         1995 ii stopped reporting    its single audit related work that did not have significant
findings.  EPA also stated that beginning            in fiscal year 1996, it requested      fewer Defense  Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) pre-
award contract audii reports.

‘DOT stated that beginning    in 1994 it stopped             reporting      on its single audit related work.     DOT also stated             that beginning   in
fiscal year 1997. it was no longer responsible              for DC.4        audits and excluded      them frc+n their semiannual              reports tc Congress.

Source:      IG   SwTiannual   reports   for fiscal years    1992 through          1999.




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