The Recovery Act included $200 millionfor FS to implement Wildland Fire Management (WFM) activities5 on State, county, and private lands. From May through September 2009, FS’ Washington Office approved 152 WFM projects on non-Federal lands.
For 6 of the 17 Recovery Act grants reviewed, we found that the grant recipients did not comply with the salary allocation requirements
Due to FS’ lack of oversight, grant recipients were reimbursed $389,747 in unsupported salary costs for five of the six grants reviewed. This amount could exceed $28 million for the six grant recipients after including all of their other FS Recovery Act and non-Recovery Act grants also affected by this control deficiency.