What are our shared responsibilities for ensuring that all funds under the ARRA are used for authorized purposes and instances of fraud, waste, and abuse are prevented?
All ARRA funds must be spent with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. Accordingly, CDE, SELPAs and LEAs must maintain accurate, complete, and reliable documentation of all ARRA IDEA expenditures. The ARRA contains very stringent reporting requirements and requires that detailed information on the uses of funds be available publicly. The CDE has important oversight responsibilities and must monitor grant and subgrant activities to ensure compliance with all applicable federal requirements. If the CDE, SELPA, or LEA fails to comply with requirements governing the use of IDEA, Part B funds, the ED may, consistent with applicable administrative procedures, take one or more enforcement actions, including withholding or suspending, in whole or in part, IDEA, Part B funds or recovering misspent funds following an audit. Reporting guidelines are forthcoming from the ED. The ARRA establishes the Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board, which is responsible for