The Recovery Act funding for the South Building Modernization Project will be disbursed through a competitively bid contract vehicle and will have performance and accountability measures in place. In determining the contract type for this project, DA considered contract schedule, cost, performance risk, measurable outcomes consistent with agency plans and the goals of the Recovery Act, maximum practicable competition, and opportunities for small businesses. DA plans to award a contract using available streamlining flexibilities, apply sufficient and adequately trained workforce to responsibly plan, evaluate, award, and monitor contracts, and will ensure adequate number of qualified government personnel are available to perform inherently governmental functions during the acquisition life-cycle, and provide appropriate executive oversight at critical decision points.
Agencies are required to post reports on spending and performance on a Government-wide website, www.recovery.gov, accessible to the public. Weekly reports providing a breakdown of funding and major actions taken to date are required. The posting of contract information is also required on a regular basis, including estimated jobs created and details on any subcontracts awarded. DA is working with the Department to ensure streamlined and consistent reporting, such as collaborating with OCFO and the other USDA agencies in the development of standard templates that will be used to collect consistent financial and project information. This will provide USDA efficient mechanisms to produce department-level reports that are easy to understand and accessible to the public.
The Act creates a Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to coordinate and conduct oversight of Recovery Act funds to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. The Board will conduct audits and reviews of spending. The Board is authorized to make recommendations to agencies on measures to prevent waste, fraud and abuse, and what actions to take, if any, to implement the recommendations. The Recovery Act provides additional funding and access to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Inspectors General for special review of recovery funding. DA has met with the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) to discuss the South Building Modernization Project and will be available to meet with the OIG, as requested to provide project updates, performance information, and financial data.