New at the Box Office: Devaney's List

April 13, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

If you’re a recipient of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and you fail to submit your quarterly reports, you could gain some national notoriety, but not in a good way. Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board Chairman Earl Devaney, in his latest chairman’s message, actually called out four recipients for all to see. The organizations failed to submit reports in two or more consecutive quarters.

These are the four that made Devaney’s naughty list:

  • Eyak Technology, LLC, an Alaska Native-owned small business with offices in Virginia, never filed a report on a $656,960 award. Eyak is even challenging the reporting requirement in the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Sunland Industries LLC, a California concern, has repeatedly failed to file a report on a $229,332 award issued by the Department of the Interior in September 2009.  Sunland was suspended from government work, and DOI’s Office of Inspector General recommended a permanent debarment. The matter is under review.
  • Dell Federal Systems LP, citing “clerical oversight,” failed to file reports for two consecutive quarters on a $150,699 contract.
  • Tampa Ship LLC did not file reports for two consecutive quarters on a $2.27 million grant after failing to renew its required government registration form.

Recipient excuses for not reporting ran the gamut, Devaney said, adding that some gave no excuse at all, while others said they were confused with the reporting requirements and one cited “internal management issues.” However, I especially liked how Devaney phrased his next statement: “The best: The recipient was unexpectedly pulled out of the office for some out of town meetings for several days and was unable to connect laptop to a wireless connection. Really?”

If you want to avoid similar bad press, I’d make sure you submit your Section 1512 reports accurately and on time. The Federal Grants Management Handbook contains a special section on Recovery Act reporting that can help grantees meet their reporting requirements.

What difficulties have you faced in Recovery Act reporting? Let us know.

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