Help America Vote Act of 2002: Audits and Recovery of Funds
B-306475: Jan 30, 2006
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 provides that if the Comptroller General determines as a result of an audit that a fund recipient is not compliant with program requirements, or that an excess payment has been made, the recipient must return a certain portion of the payment. However, the Comptroller General need not make such a determination before a paying agency may audit and take corrective action on questioned costs. This provision of the Act does not supersede the independent statutory authority of agencies to audit and take corrective action on the use of federal funds. If the Comptroller General were to make a determination under the Act as a result of any audit he conducts, he will make an appropriate recommendation for the agency to determine liability and to take corrective action.