The U. Most IHEs plan to spend the money on faculty and staff salaries and to offset tuition and fee increases. The legislation counts the number of job hours funded with stimulus dollars, and does not take into account whether those jobs were new or about to be cut. Therefore, the GAO states that the Office of Management and Budget should "clarify the definition" and "consider being more explicit that "jobs saved or retained" are to be reported as hours worked and paid for with Recovery Act funds.
Its audit found that, despite training from federal agencies, many recipients were confused about how to count jobs. For the most part, LEAs plan to use the IDEA Part B Recovery Act funding for professional development, technology, improving transitions for students with disabilities both from pre-K to K and from secondary school to employment , and improving data tracking. GAO alone has the authority to match tax records with recipient reporting. While this outcome is not surprising, it suggests that schools across the nation have opted to use these federal funds to maintain the status quo rather than make significant changes to education.
In the face of deep cuts to state budgets and dwindling local tax collections, LEAs have had little choice but to use federal stimulus funds through the ARRA to carry out day-to-day activities and plug holes in their budgets. It has become apparent that states' hesitancy to spend funds improperly is, in most cases, outweighing the desire to get money into the hands of LEAs. Only 8 percent of allocated funds for this program had been drawn down by seven states between April 1st and June 26th.
Specific guidance is needed to enable states and LEAs to spend funds with fewer concerns about their fate in future rounds of funding. The U.
However, this analysis was completed before the U. For more news on energy and the environment, visit www.
During the time that the company was not paying its federal tax deposit, a company executive spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos. The GAO said that 10 percent of those who received money had not filed reports.
During the time that the company was not paying its federal tax deposit, a company executive spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos. GAO alone has the authority to match tax records with recipient reporting. But the most significant source of funds for job retention was from the SFSF. The IRS database does not include recipients who have not filed tax returns, and GAO included only stimulus recipients who have complied with the reporting requirements in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This post discusses the findings in the latest GAO report. The study is a follow-up to two earlier reports on the subject, released in April and July.
Specifically, state officials have requested more information on waiver provisions in the law such as maintenance of effort and carryover waivers , while LEA officials are seeking guidance on reporting requirements and allowable uses for Title I funds that are compatible with the goals of ARRA. Forty-seven percent of surveyed LEAs spent more than 25 percent of their Title I ARRA funds on purchasing computer technology, purchasing instructional materials, and providing professional development for instructional staff. States and LEAs have also requested clarification on approved expenses for IDEA Part B Recovery Act funds, especially whether and how they can be used to cover construction costs and buses for students with disabilities. Despite guidance from the Department of Education ED that the money is to be used for innovation and reform, most local education agencies LEAs plan to use the funds to offset state budget cuts to existing programs. The website continues to show the , jobs number nearly a month later. With state and local contributions lagging, the additional federal support was not enough to keep budgets steady.