The Recovery Act included $200 millionfor FS to implement Wildland Fire Management (WFM) activities on State, county, and private lands. From May through September 2009, FS’ Washington Office approved 152 WFM projects on non-Federal lands.
OIG reviewed 5 of the 152 non-Federal WFM Recovery Act-funded projects, consisting of 7 grants, valued at $23.9 million, to determine whether the projects were being timely completed in compliance with Recovery Act requirements. OIG’s review of the seven non-Federal WFM Recovery Act-funded grants found that three of the grant recipients were not effectively using the grant funds they received to create or sustain the most jobs possible, as intended by the Recovery Act.
In each of these cases, the grant recipient did not create additional jobs because no new employees were hired.