The Recovery Act requires that GAO conduct reviews of how Recovery Act funds are being used and whether they are achieving their stated purposes to preserve and create jobs as well as assist those most affected by the recession.
GAO's October 15, 2012, 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 Department of Energy cleanup projects. Future GAO reports will focus on additional 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, and December 2012 reviews.
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.