Seeking additional oversight, the White House released new guidance on how agencies can ensure “accountability, efficiency, and transparency” in implementing the Investments in Investments Act. infrastructure and employment.
“The initial guidelines will ensure that there is a minimum of fraud, waste and abuse in the implementation of the bipartisan infrastructure law, and that projects are delivered on time and within budget by delivering results with accountability, efficiency and transparency; collaborating with inspectors general and the oversight community; and, provide technical and financial assistance to communities,” a White House fact sheet reads.
The Office of Management and Budget advised on the use of data and evidence in program design, planning program implementation to comply with the law, documenting reviews and selections for discretionary programs, awards reporting and working with the Government Accountability Office. Guidance also addresses working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments.
The new guidelines state that “to assess future workforce needs, agencies are strongly encouraged to develop short-, medium-, and long-term strategic workforce plans” and that agencies should integrate their plans diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility strategies and other policies. in accordance with the “Strengthening and Empowering” Federal Workforce Delivery of the President’s Management Agenda in their recruiting, hiring, onboarding and retention practices.
According to the White House, agencies have already begun reporting infrastructure awards and sub-awards on a monthly basis, key agencies have identified an infrastructure implementation coordinator and the infrastructure and sub-awards task force. the White House implementation team have already held dozens of meetings.
“There are a lot of really good things here and I am extremely happy that the White House is trying to incorporate some of the lessons learned on some of the Covid spending [and] avoid some of the missteps that have been made,” said Sean Moulton, senior policy analyst at the Project on Government Oversight.
Source: Road Fifty