Mid-Atlantic Recipient Ensures Fair Wages for Workers

clock September 10, 2011 15:50 by author Bulletin Board
Effective communication and documentation helps EERE grant recipients comply with Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) requirements, as exhibited in the practices of one hard-working Recipient. Like many others, this Recipient excels not only in technical areas, but also in the administration of their EERE award, including ensuring that DBA requirements are being met.

DBA requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction of public buildings contain a clause requiring contractors to pay the prevailing wages as determined by the Secretary of Labor to laborers and mechanics employed upon site of work. Laborers and Mechanics are defined as the various types of skilled workers employed under the contract. [More]

Why Does EERE Monitor Financial Assistance Awards?

clock June 17, 2011 13:47 by author Bulletin Board
You wouldn’t drive a car without a dashboard, right? The dashboard- with all of its displays, gauges, and lights- gives the driver all kinds of information he or she needs to drive safely and maintain the car. Likewise, it would be a bad idea to drive the car without ever tuning it up or fixing problems that arise. EERE’s oversight monitoring for financial assistance projects is like a dashboard and responsible maintenance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Monitoring provides the decision makers with key information about the project, helps prevent problems, and helps to solve them when they arise. [More]

Monitoring DOE's Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs - May 2011 Update

clock May 13, 2011 10:20 by author Bulletin Board
Following last quarter's monitoring update, DOE continues to monitor compliance with the Recovery Act, applicable Federal statutes and DOE regulations in the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), State Energy Program (SEP), and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) programs. Grantees continue to invest their Recovery Act funding in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that are saving energy, deploying renewable resources, creating jobs and strengthening the economy. [More]

Trends in RDD&D Monitoring

clock May 6, 2011 16:41 by author Bulletin Board
EERE RDD&D project officers submit standard desktop review reports delineating the quarterly outcomes of Recovery Act awards, as outlined in a previous post. Submissions for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011 began May 2, so we’d like to provide our readers with a look back at the results of the previous two quarters of reporting. Headquarters received all expected RDD&D desktop review reports for Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 and First Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 (over 700). Our analysis of the data indicates the vast majority of projects are on schedule, on budget and within scope. [More]

New Independent Project Review Process Shows Success in Pilot Phase

clock April 22, 2011 09:02 by author Bulletin Board
“Trust, but verify,” goes an old adage. EERE is applying this advice through the implementation of an external review process to evaluate how well we are carrying out the important role of monitoring the performance of Recovery Act-funded projects. This new Independent Project Review (IPR) process is designed to bring in outside firms to independently analyze and assess the status of EERE’s project monitoring activities. The significance of this process was underscored in the recent testimony of DOE CFO Steve Isakowitz before the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in hearings on DOE’s Recovery Act spending. He pointed to the fact DOE oversight activities are becoming government-wide “best practices.” [More]

Communication in the Monitoring Process

clock April 18, 2011 09:59 by author Bulletin Board
One Solar America Cities project proves that you don’t have to live in a sunny state like California, Nevada, or Arizona to save on fuel costs by harvesting energy from the sun. The challenges its planners had to overcome hold valuable lessons for managers of similar projects elsewhere.

Funded by the Recovery Act, a Midwestern city has worked with EERE to install and demonstrate a solar thermal district heating system that will serve as a model for using solar energy in regions not exactly known for their sunny skies, such as the Northwest, the Midwest, and much of the East Coast. [More]

Integrating Project Results to Save Time and Money

clock April 8, 2011 17:01 by author Bulletin Board
Sometimes, a program selects a particularly reliable company for multiple awards due to its unique capabilities. One such recipient is a solar research, development, and manufacturing company that received five separate awards. While each of its five awards is stand-alone in nature, technology development efforts can complement and overlap. The complexity created by so many employees with different roles and overseeing different processes can require additional review to identify when and where these overlapped efforts can occur. [More]

Recovery Act: Saving and Creating American Jobs in Solar Research

clock April 3, 2011 21:26 by author Bulletin Board
The fast pace and dynamic nature of both business and technology present a host of challenges for project officers working in EERE’s financial assistance portfolio. Often, these challenges require project officers to dive in and apply their creativity, technical expertise, and knowledge of federal regulations to keep projects on track. [More]

Assisting Awardees as They Meet Regulatory Requirements

clock March 24, 2011 12:15 by author Bulletin Board
In order to deploy Recovery Act funds quickly with the requisite oversight, EERE staff has to use their knowledge of an array of Federal financial assistance rules—and fast. As Recovery Act projects have commenced, EERE staff had to be able to answer new questions about how these funds can be used. Project Officers must balance the need for flexibility in managing projects with regulations in place to ensure that Federal funds are spent properly. [More]

Fair Wages for Recovery Act Projects

clock March 17, 2011 09:45 by author Bulletin Board
EERE conducts site visits to recipients of financial assistance awards to ensure that Federal funds are being spent properly. One such visit to a recipient of funds under the State Energy Program uncovered some questions about whether the recipient complied with the Davis-Bacon Act. The questions stemmed from missing payroll records, questionable wage determinations, incorrect contact information and whether or not wages were posted in the workplace. The state government, EERE’s prime recipient, erroneously thought that it was the sub recipient’s responsibility to collect and retain the original payroll. [More]