The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. Visit RECOVERY.GOV for additional information.
The Recovery Act charged the Office of Inspector General with a specific responsibility to provide “oversight and audits of programs, grants, and activities funded by this Act and administered by the Department of Agriculture.” Through our audit and investigative programs, OIG has developed a number of actions to enable us to provide timely and effective oversight of the Recovery Act monies expended by USDA programs. These actions have included advice to agencies on areas of risk related to Recovery Act funding, development of audits to review contracts and other areas, and development of fraud awareness briefings.
To report fraud, waste, and abuse on Stimulus spending or fraud, waste, and abuse within any USDA programs or operations, please contact the OIG Hotline.