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Agencies to keep closer tabs on stimulus recipients

By Ed O'Keefe

Robert Brodsky at GovExec reports that federal agencies now must make direct contract with new recipients of economic stimulus dollars to remind them of their obligations to file quarterly spending reports:

No later than 10 days before the start of each quarterly reporting cycle, agency officials must touch base with first-time recipients of stimulus contracts, grants or loans to remind them of the reporting requirements and the consequences of noncompliance, Orszag wrote in a memo on Tuesday.
Agency officials also must reach out to recipients that were noncompliant in the previous reporting cycle and continue to follow up with them throughout the period "to consistently and comprehensively pursue compliance." Contact should be made by phone and with an accompanying letter faxed or mailed to the recipient, the guidance said.

This serves as a reminder that there's still no penalty for recipients who fail to report how they spent federal stimulus dollars. Will Congress ever take that up? Likely not until watchdogs find good, expensive examples of waste, abuse and mismangement.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 5, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
Categories:  Tracking the Stimulus  
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