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. For last quarter’s results and a description of our methodology, please see our post from early February.
Below is the updated month-by-month summary of the results of DOE’s on-site visits of grantees from October 2010 to February 2011. The number of monitoring visits declined this past winter due to a variety of factors, including:
1) Inclement weather limiting the number of projects that started and could be visited, and
2) A more tailored focus on providing technical assistance to remove barriers to recipient spending.
However, we are still on track to meet our monitoring goal to perform approximately 750 on-site reviews each year now that many barriers to spending have been removed and weather factors allow for projects to start. As detailed below, DOE performed on-site visits to grantees representing $6.7 billion of the $10.59 billion total awarded funding. The section under the graph describes the critical issues identified through the review process. This period, we identified three grantees with critical issues that are in the process of being resolved. In January, WIP conducted targeted monitoring visits and found some concern with programs that were increasing their activities. Since increased activity does have the potential for difficulties as new participants are added, we will continue to monitor these grantees to ensure compliance. In summary, our review process indicates that almost 98 percent of the $6.7 billion monitored this period had no identified issues of critical concern.