Overview

GAO's January 25, 2014 report, the latest in a series responding to the Act's mandate, updates and adds new information on the use of Recovery Act funds for grants to states and localities. Future GAO reports will focus on additional programs that have been funded under the Recovery Act.

Program Reviews

The program reviews page provides information on GAO's reviews of various programs that have been funded under the Recovery Act.

Reported Jobs Data

The Recovery Act mandates that GAO comment on the estimates of jobs created or retained as reported by recipients of Recovery Act funding. GAO issued an initial report related to recipient reporting, including recommendations for recipient report improvements, in November, 2009. GAO provides updated information concerning recipient reporting in accordance with its mandate for quarterly reporting in the March 2010, May 2010, September 2010, December 2010, April 2011, June 2011, September 2011, December 2011, June 2012, September 2012, October 2012, December 2012, and February 2013 reviews.

National Overview

The national overview is a summary of GAO's findings and recommendations from reviews conducted between February 2009 and September 2010.

Selected State Spending

GAO's reviews of state spending focused on 16 states and the District of Columbia, which contain about 65 percent of the U.S. population and are estimated to receive about two-thirds of the intergovernmental federal assistance available through the Recovery Act. These reviews were conducted between February 2009 and September 2010.

Recently Issued Reports

January 25, 2014

Recovery Act:
Grant Implementation Experiences Offer Lessons for Accountability and Transparency GAO-14-219
GAO-14-219

September 18, 2013

Recovery Act:
Race to the Top: States Implementing Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems despite Challenges
GAO-13-777

June 19, 2013

Recovery Act:
Labor's Green Jobs Efforts Highlight Challenges of Targeted Training Programs for Emerging Industries
GAO-13-555

October 15, 2012

Recovery Act:
Most DOE Cleanup Projects Are Complete, but Project Management Guidance Could Be Strengthened
GAO-13-23

September 14, 2012

Recovery Act:
Broadband Programs Are Ongoing, and Agencies' Efforts Would Benefit from Improved Data Quality
GAO-12-937

June 18, 2012

Recovery Act Public Housing:
Housing Programs Met Milestones, but Asset Management Information Needs Evaluation
GAO-12-634

December 16, 2011

Recovery Act Weatherization:
Progress and Challenges in Spending Weatherization Funds
GAO-12-195

September 22, 2011

Recovery Act Education Programs:
Funding Retained Teachers, but Education Could More Consistently Communicate Stabilization Monitoring Issues
GAO-11-804
Recovery Act Education Programs:
Survey of School Districts' Uses of Funds
GAO-11-885SP

June 29, 2011

Recovery Act:
Funding Used for Transportation Infrastructure Projects, but Some Requirements Proved Challenging
GAO-11-600
Recovery Act:
Funds Supported Many Water Projects, and Federal and State Monitoring Shows Few Compliance Problems
GAO-11-608

April 7, 2011

Recovery Act:
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Recipients Face Challenges Meeting Legislative and Program Goals and Requirements
GAO-11-379

December 15, 2010

Head Start Grantees Expand Services but More Consistent Communication Could Improve Accountability and Decisions about Spending
GAO-11-166

September 20, 2010

Recovery Act:
Opportunities to Improve Management and Strengthen Accountability over States' and Localities' Uses of Funds
GAO-10-999