Improving Invoice Review

clock March 11, 2011 10:37 by author Bulletin Board
With an unprecedented amount of funds being disbursed under the Recovery Act, and a Presidential mandate calling for high levels of transparency and accountability, EERE program officers have increased responsibilities in monitoring project performance, ensuring quality work, and promoting best practices.

During a monitoring site visit for the recipient of a financial assistance awards under the Weatherization Assistance Program, EERE’s Project Officer identified issues with one of the recipient’s billing processes. [More]

Helping grant recipients manage effectively

clock March 4, 2011 16:00 by author Bulletin Board
While EERE project officers lead monitoring activities, the recipients themselves serve an important role by providing the data and insights that are essential to an objective, transparent monitoring process. Key recipient staff have the most immediate exposure to project developments and acutely understand the everyday challenges of turning plans into reality. Each project’s success depends on having well-tuned teams on the government and recipient sides that recognize the value of communication, financial management, and good conduct. [More]

Providing oversight to ensure Recovery Act dollars are well-spent

clock February 25, 2011 16:18 by author Bulletin Board
EERE’s project officers work with the constant challenge of balancing financial risks with opportunities to develop useful new technologies. One financial assistance recipient under the Biomass Program expressed interest in using Recovery Act funds to develop a process to produce aviation fuel using biobutanol, or similar material. During the detailed independent reviews of the proposed fuel production technology, it became clear to EERE project officers that additional investigation was needed. [More]

Monitoring Cost-Effective Weatherization Efforts

clock February 18, 2011 09:39 by author Bulletin Board
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is helping to make the homes of low-income families across the country more energy efficient. The program provides funding to states, which in turn, fund a network of local government and non-profit service providers. Over the past three decades, the program has provided these services to more than 6.4 million low-income households and families.

The cornerstone value of the program is cost-effectiveness. A small investment to upgrade homes can generate permanent energy savings of hundreds of dollars each month for families, reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, and lower ongoing costs to utilities and local governments providing assistance to low-income households. [More]

Monitoring EERE’s RDD&D Portfolio

clock February 11, 2011 16:59 by author Bulletin Board
As part of our commitment to transparency and good management, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is working hard to advance new performance monitoring plans and centralized systems that enable the efficient organization and reporting of financial assistance data from our grantees. The implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act meant more funding and more data to track, which provided an opportunity to test and further refine these new systems.

In August 2010, the Department approved the Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDD&D) Monitoring plan and appendix, which were designed to ensure that the monitoring plans provided clear guidance to headquarters and field personnel responsible for the oversight of EERE’s RDD&D financial assistance portfolio. [More]

Monitoring DOE's Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs

clock February 6, 2011 19:23 by author Bulletin Board
DOE is very serious about its responsibility for ensuring that funds are spent appropriately. DOE and its programs are working hard to assist Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), State Energy Program (SEP), and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) grantees in resolving issues that arise as they invest their Recovery Act funding in clean energy projects that are saving energy, deploying renewable resources, creating jobs and strengthening the economy. [More]

Supporting Investment in the U.S. Economy

clock January 25, 2011 14:34 by author Bulletin Board
Thanks to vigilant monitoring, EERE Project Officers have been doing their part to encourage private investment in American manufacturing jobs. How is that possible, you might ask? [More]

Learning from Audits: Strengthening Monitoring Activities

clock December 6, 2010 13:32 by author Bulletin Board
EERE is a learning organization, committed to continuous improvement, and we've worked hard to create an environment that increases our capacity for innovation and improvement. In keeping with this commitment, one of the factors which informed EERE’s monitoring framework is past audit findings, and we continue to implement lessons learned to strengthen our processes. [More]

Monitoring EERE’s Grants and Cooperative Agreements

clock December 6, 2010 13:29 by author Bulletin Board
How does EERE keep track of all the grants and cooperative agreements awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), and how can we make sure these projects are being run well and achieve what they were supposed to? We do this through careful monitoring of our recipients and their projects. [More]