February 2013 — GAO's Comments on the Latest Round of Recipient Reporting

What GAO Found

GAO's analysis of the reporting period covering the quarter beginning October 1, 2012, and ending December 31, 2012, indicated that the data quality remains relatively stable. GAO found that generally this round's results were similar to those we observed in previous rounds. There were minor variations in the number or percent of reports appearing atypical or showing some form of data discrepancy. That number continues to remain small.

According to the data for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, and available on www.Recovery.gov on January 31, 2013, recipients reported that the Recovery Act funded approximately 114,000 full-time equivalent jobs during the quarter. Compared to the previous quarter, the total number of prime recipients who reported across multiple programs was down from about 30,400 to about 25,000 awards, as recipients continue to complete projects funded with Recovery Act funds. Consistent with previous rounds, almost 20 percent of recipients identified their reports as their final report, continuing the trend we have seen in the last 6 rounds of at least 10 percent of recipients identifying the report as their final report for a project.

What GAO DidBack to top

To meet its mandate to comment on Recovery Act recipient reports, GAO continued monitoring data that recipients reported, including data on jobs funded. Analyzing these data can help in improving the accuracy and completeness of the Recovery.gov data and in planning analyses of recipient reports. Using the data from the fourteenth round of recipient reporting, GAO performed work to monitor errors or potential problems by repeating many of the analyses and edit checks done in earlier rounds. This work included checking data logic and consistency, and reviewing any unusual or atypical data. The analysis was performed on data that became available on January 31, 2013, from the fourteenth round as well as from previous quarters, starting with the period ending March 31, 2012 through the quarter ending December 31, 2012. Recipients report full-time equivalent jobs (FTEs) that, in accordance with OMB guidance, include hours worked and paid for with Recovery Act funding. FTEs do not include the employment impact on suppliers of materials (i.e., indirect jobs) or on the local communities (i.e., induced jobs). FTEs are for a single quarter only and are not cumulative.