Georgia – September 23, 2009

The content below was excerpted from the Georgia Appendix (PDF, 39 pages) of GAO's third bimonthly review of the Recovery Act.[1]

Contents

Use of Funds

We reviewed three programs in Georgia funded under the Recovery Act—the Transit Capital Assistance Program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program. We selected these programs for different reasons. The Transit Capital Assistance Program had a September 1, 2009, deadline for obligating a portion of the funds and provided an opportunity to review nonstate entities that received Recovery Act funds. Georgia received a substantial increase in Weatherization Assistance Program funds, and work got under way in late August 2009. The focus of the WIA Youth Program in Georgia was a summer employment program that was well under way. For these programs, we focused on how funds were being used; how safeguards were being implemented, including those related to the procurement of goods and services; and how results were being assessed. In addition to these three programs, we also updated information on Highway Infrastructure Investment funds because significant Recovery Act funds had been obligated. We reviewed five contracts financed with Recovery Act Highway Infrastructure Investment funds and four contracts under the WIA Youth Program. Consistent with the purposes of the Recovery Act, funds from the programs we reviewed are being directed to help Georgia and local entities stabilize their budgets and to stimulate infrastructure development and expand existing programs—thereby providing needed services and potential jobs. The following provides highlights of our review of these funds:

Transit Capital Assistance Program

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) apportioned $141 million in Recovery Act funds to Georgia and urbanized areas located in the state. As of September 1, 2009, FTA had obligated $120 million.
  • As of September 1, 2009, FTA concluded that the 50 percent obligation requirement had been met for Georgia and urbanized areas located in the state.
  • The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the largest transit agency in Georgia, will use the majority of its $55.4 million to fund a fire protection system upgrade and preventive maintenance.

Weatherization Assistance Program

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) allocated about $125 million in Recovery Act weatherization funding to Georgia for a 3-year period. As of September 1, 2009, DOE had provided $62.4 million to Georgia, and the state had obligated $22.9 million of these funds.
  • Georgia has awarded contracts to all 22 service providers that it plans to use to weatherize homes, and weatherization activities got under way in late August 2009. With the Recovery Act funds, the state expects to weatherize at least 13,000 homes.

WIA Youth Program

  • The U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) allotted about $31.4 million in WIA youth Recovery Act funds to Georgia. According to Labor, $16 million had been expended in the state as of August 31, 2009.
  • As of September 15, 2009, the local workforce boards had received more than 30,000 applications, and 10,717 youth had been enrolled in summer youth programs statewide. Georgia exceeded its target of serving 10,253 youth.
  • The three workforce boards we interviewed focused on offering youth summer work experience. Work sites included government agencies, a private company that packages supplies for health-care providers, and a nonprofit organization that recycles computers.

Highway Infrastructure Investment

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) apportioned $932 million in Recovery Act funds to Georgia for highway infrastructure and other eligible projects. As of September 1, 2009, $546 million had been obligated, and $10 million had been reimbursed by FHWA.
  • Almost 70 percent of Recovery Act highway obligations for Georgia have been for pavement projects. Specifically, $376 million of the $546 million obligated as of September 1, 2009, is being used for pavement improvement, pavement widening, and new road construction projects.
  • The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is completing its second, and final, phase of Recovery Act planning. As of September 1, 2009, the state had awarded 108 contracts with a total value of $391 million.

Full September ReportBack to top

Recovery Act: Funds Continue to Provide Fiscal Relief to States and Localities, While Accountability and Reporting Challenges Need to Be Fully Addressed
GAO-09-1016
Recovery Act: Funds Continue to Provide Fiscal Relief to States and Localities, While Accountability and Reporting Challenges Need to Be Fully Addressed (Appendixes)
GAO-09-1017SP
  • [1] Pub. L. No. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115 (Feb. 17, 2009).
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