Description: As the economic stimulus spending winds down, prime recipients of awards are submitting final reports.
At the close of April 2013 reporting period, prime recipients had submitted a total of 83,160 final reports on their respective Recovery awards – more than 80 percent of the total 101,672 prime recipient Recovery awards.
Work on the projects funded by the awards has been completed, and no additional reports on the project or award status will be submitted.
The table at right shows the number of final prime recipient reports that have been submitted quarterly since the inception of the Recovery initiative. (Sub-recipient reports are not included.)
The Recovery Board instituted a reconciliation process for reports that have been marked final and complete. The process gives the recipients the opportunity to make any final corrections to their reports and the agencies the opportunity to identify the recipients that have completed all work and will not be reporting again.
Description: Recovery recipients report using newly redrawn districts.
As required by the Constitution, congressional districts were redrawn to reflect results of the 2010 census and took effect with the start of the 113th Congress in January of this year. When Recovery recipients reported on their awards during the April reporting period, they were required to report the redrawn congressional districts for the place of performance for the project.
Reports submitted prior to April, including those for projects marked final and complete, were not updated or changed because they accurately reflect the districts at the time of submission.
The maps will all reflect the new districts but when drilling down to the Award Summary and in the National Cumulative file, it is very possible that you will see different congressional districts for the same Recovery funded project. For example, a recipient report filed for the final quarter of 2012 may show on the Award Summary or the National Cumulative File that the project is located in the state’s 2nd district; the Quarter 1, 2013 report for the same ongoing project may now list the project as being located in the 4th district, accurately reflecting the redistricting.
Finally, with redistricting some states lost districts, so reports filed in previous quarters may list a congressional district that no longer exists; conversely, some states gained districts, so recipient reports posted on or after April 30 will list congressional districts that did not exist previously.
The Recovery Board obtained multiple reference databases to ensure that the congressional districts shown on Recovery.gov are accurate.
Description: As directed by Congress, the Recovery Board starts a new oversight mission to monitor the $60.2 billion in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief funds.
When the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152) to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy was passed and signed by the President in January 2013, Congress directed the Recovery Board to "develop and use information technology resources and oversight mechanisms to detect and remediate waste, fraud, and abuse" in the awarding and spending of the funds.
As part of this new oversight mission, the Board has begun posting information and data on the federal funds that 19 federal agencies are awarding through existing programs in the form of contracts, grants, and loans. The information can be found on FederalTransparency.gov , a website created and operated by the Recovery Board to track specific spending initiatives. To date, the Board has collected initial data on contract awards. As more awards are disbursed and states begin spending the funding, the Board will display that data as well.
In addition to the $50.5 billion H.R. 152 bill passed in January, Congress also passed and the President signed H.R. 41 designating $9.7 billion to increase the borrowing authority of FEMA for the National Flood Insurance Program. H.R. 152 provided emergency-relief funding to 19 federal agencies.
So far, FEMA has already paid out approximately $9.4 billion to cover flood insurance and relief claims. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the first allocation of $5.4 billion of the $16 billion appropriation in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for disaster relief. The funds will be distributed when HUD approves the states’ respective internal plans for spending the money.