Water Projects

2015


 

EPA OIG: Unused Earmark Funds for Water Projects Totaling $6.2 Million Could Be Put to Better Use 

September 2015

EPA OIG identified $6.2 million of funds that could be put to better use:

  •   Grants totaling about $2.8 million awarded and obligated more than 5 years ago have had no financial activity, such as payments to recipients.

  •   Appropriated funds for SAAP grants totaling about $3.4 million that Congress directed to specified recipients for defined projects remain unobligated. All of the unobligated funds exceeded the programmatic goal to award grants within 3 years of appropriation.
Although SAAP grant funds are available indefinitely, the EPA has a responsibility to ensure timely use of federal funds. EPA staff gave several reasons for why funds remained unused, including recipients not being interested in the funds or issues with environmental reviews and applications. Report

 

Media Coverage

Flake: Flake, McCaskill Call on EPA to Return $137 Million in Unused Earmarks


 

EPA OIG: Early Warning Report: EPA Region 9 Should Withhold Award of the Fiscal Year 2015 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Grant to the Hawaii Department of Health

September 2015

EPA OIG identified $6.2 million of funds that could be put to better use: 

  •   Grants totaling about $2.8 million awarded and obligated more than 5 years ago have had no financial activity, such as payments to recipients.

  •   Appropriated funds for SAAP grants totaling about $3.4 million that Congress directed to specified recipients for defined projects remain unobligated. All of the unobligated funds exceeded the programmatic goal to award grants within 3 years of appropriation.
Although SAAP grant funds are available indefinitely, the EPA has a responsibility to ensure timely use of federal funds. EPA staff gave several reasons for why funds remained unused, including recipients not being interested in the funds or issues with environmental reviews and applications. Report.