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The Recovery Act requires unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the management of ARRA grants and related activity. To accomplish the dual goals of transparency and accountability, the City is committed to ensuring that the citizens and businesses of Philadelphia can easily access information and to implementing procedures to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. 
 
To accomplish the goal of transparency, the Recovery Office created this website — www.phila.gov/recovery, which is the main vehicle for communication.  A summary of all grants, including expenditures, jobs created and retained and achievements will be posted and regularly updated on the website.  The Recovery Office regularly monitors and updates this information to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date.  

To accomplish the goal of accountability, Joan Markman, the City’s Chief Integrity Officer, and Amy Kurland, the City’s Inspector General, developed the ARRA Compliance and Control Program. The ARRA Compliance and Control Program clearly sets forth the expectations of how City officials should administer their respective grants.  It covers all aspects of grant administration from application to close-out, including contracting and reporting.  City workers involved with ARRA projects have received and will continue to receive fraud management training to ensure that ARRA dollars are spent properly.  There will be routine “spot checks” at both City offices and in the field to ensure that grant dollars are spent as expected and that the City is receiving value for those dollars.  A copy of the ARRA Control & Compliance Guide and fraud prevention training can be accessed from the menu at right.

Hope Caldwell, Deputy Integrity Officer, will administer the ARRA Compliance and Control Program on behalf of Joan Markman and Amy Kurland.

Bios for Hope Caldwell are easily accessible from the menu at right.


Department of EnergyDepartment of Energy's Inspector General Audit - Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program Grant Program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the City of Philadelphia. MORE


Department of HUDDepartment of Housing and Urban Development's Inspector General Audit -- Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the City of Philadelphia. Click here to read the report. MORE

Government Accountability Office Recovery Act Report to Congress, September 2010 - In September 2010, the GAO published their report on Pennsylvania, including the City of Philadelphia (refer to pages PA-9 & PA-37) and how it is administering its Recovery Act funds as of June 30, 2010. Click here to read the report. MORE

Government Accountability Office Recovery Act Report to Congress, May 2010 - In May 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Recovery Act's "watchdog," published their report on Pennsylvania, including the City of Philadelphia (refer pages 37-38). The GAO report is a fair and balanced assessment of facts regarding how the City of Philadelphia is administering its Recovery Act funds as of March 31, 2010. Click here to read the report. MORE


IntegrityWorks is a website designed to make various State and City ethics rules that apply to City officials, employees, and citizens fully accessible to all. This site provides useful information for those who either work for the City, would like to do business with the City, or live in the city and wish to learn more about why and how the City of Philadelphia operates honestly and ethically. For more information, please visit the site by clicking here.

For a list of Procurement/Contracting Do’s & Don’ts issued by Chief Integrity Officer Joan Markman for all city officials, please click here.


Fraud Prevention
As a city employee, pursuant to Executive Order 4-94, you are required to report concerns of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement of ARRA dollars.  You are encouraged to contact Hope or Cara directly.  Speaking with either of them will enable the City to quickly investigate your concerns and implement any necessary corrective measures.  Hope and Cara are dedicated resources for responding to your concerns.  If you request, your identity will be kept confidential.  

You may also contact the Office of the Inspector General directly—through its anonymous hotline, through the electronic submission form on the website or by coming to the office to speak to an investigator to report fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement of ARRA dollars.  The IG’s Fraud Hotline is (215) 686-1770.  The electronic submission form is available at http://www.phila.gov/oig/file.html.

The federal government also has their own Recovery Act Fraud Hotline where you can report fraud, waste and abuse—1-877-392-3375 (1-877-FWA-DESK).

Regardless of whom you report your concerns to, in many cases you will be protected by federal whistleblower laws.  The following link will direct you to the federal government’s whistleblower information page—http://www.recovery.gov/Contact/ReportFraud/Pages/WhistleBlowerInformation.aspx

Report fraud and misconduct to the Office of the Inspector General." Click here to contact the OIG.