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General Government: Recovery Operations Center Closure (2017-10)

A proposal for centralized analytics and investigative support for the oversight community would help Congress decide whether to authorize such an entity to mitigate the risk of potential duplication and fragmentation and provide valuable tools useful for targeting resources to help reduce improper payments.

Action:

To help preserve a proven resource supporting the oversight community's analytic capabilities, Congress may wish to consider directing the Council of the Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) to develop a legislative proposal to reconstitute the essential capabilities of the Recovery Operations Center (ROC) to help ensure federal spending accountability. The proposal should identify a range of options at varying scales for the cost of analytic tools, personnel, and necessary funding, as well as any additional authority CIGIE may need to ensure such enduring, robust analytical and investigative capability for the oversight community.  

Progress:

No legislative action identified. As of March 2019, Congress had not taken action to consider directing CIGIE to develop a legislative proposal to reconstitute the essential capabilities of the ROC to help ensure federal spending accountability, as GAO recommended in September 2015. GAO believes it is unlikely that CIGIE will develop a legislative proposal to reconstitute the essential capabilities of the ROC to ensure federal spending accountability because of perceived (1) lack of legal authorities and (2) need for additional funding, among other things. Additionally, the ROC has been closed for over 3 years, meaning there is little, if anything, left to preserve, as called for in the recommendation.  Therefore, GAO is no longer assessing this action.

Implementing Entity:

Congress
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    • Seto Bagdoyan
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