VA’s Recovery Act efforts are overseen by the Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Chief of Staff (Senior Accountable Official for ARRA), the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance (VA Deputy Chief Financial Officer), and senior program officials from each of the VA programs that received ARRA funds. This governance body meets at least weekly, or more frequently as needed, to oversee VA’s overall implementation of the Recovery Act, and to assess ARRA financial and program planning, progress and performance against those plans, make needed policy decisions, and identify any areas of risk and necessary corrective actions. This leadership group also includes senior acquisition, logistics, and construction managers, who provide advice and oversee acquisition planning and execution for ARRA funds, including competition on ARRA-funded contracts, and maximization to the extent possible, the use of fixed-price contracts for ARRA-funded projects. Senior managers from VA’s Offices of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, and Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, also participate in weekly meetings to assist in ensuring Congressional and public access to all VA ARRA efforts and transparency of our actions. Necessary corrective actions are identified and implemented to help ensure program goals and objectives are accomplished. VA will use performance measures to assess the Recovery Act progress and verify the extent to which its Recovery Act initiatives and associated funding are achieving the outcomes consistent with the intent and requirements of ARRA. VA program managers in receipt of ARRA funds are required to record transactions within VA's core Financial Management System. Execution of funding and completed and planned actions for each ARRA program are closely tracked and reported on weekly. Similarly, ARRA procurement actions are being tracked in VA's Electronic Contract Management System, which includes milestone plans, and progress on projects is closely tracked and reported on weekly. Senior managers are held accountable for achieving set goals and performance metrics, and mitigating risks. VA’s Recovery Act governance, processes, reporting, tracking, and related actions are implemented to mitigate risk, and VA has initiated strong internal controls for its Recovery Act programs. To ensure proactive and robust oversight, VA’s Inspector General is fully participating in VA’s Recovery Act efforts by auditing, evaluating, investigating, and monitoring the VA programs and projects in receipt of Recovery Act funds.