December 2012 — GAO's Comments on the Latest Round of Recipient Reporting

What GAO Found

GAO's analysis of the reporting period covering the quarter beginning July 1, 2012, and ending September 30, 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 September 30, 2012, and available on www.Recovery.gov on October 31, 2012, recipients reported that the Recovery Act funded approximately 135,500 full-time equivalent jobs during the quarter. Compared to the previous quarter, the total number of prime recipients across multiple programs was down from about 34,700 to just under 30,400 awards. In this round, almost 20 percent of recipients identified their reports as their final report, continuing the trend we have seen in the last 5 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 thirteenth 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 October 31, 2012, from the thirteenth round as well as from previous quarters, starting with the period ending September 2009 through the quarter ending September 30, 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.