Under GLLA, the Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) performs sediment remediation using partnerships with nonfederal sponsors to accomplish the work. The nonfederal sponsor is required to provide a minimum of 35 percent of the effort in cash or in-kind contributions to the project.
GAO found that the GLLA program funding has increased five-fold over the last 7 years; however, the program has not established needed internal controls to ensure effective operations. For example, while GLLA project agreements contain environmental goals that tie to EPA's strategic plan:
- GLNPO is not timely forwarding project agreements to the EPA Finance Center.
- EPA is not tracking and recording actual in-kind contributions.
- GLLA project agreements do not always include exact due dates and amounts for payments from nonfederal sponsors.
- GLNPO has not been performing final accounting timely and does not keep adequate documentation of the reviews.
- GLNPO does not verify a nonfederal sponsor's financial capability or whether the nonfederal sponsor maintains an adequate accounting system prior to entering into a cost-sharing agreement.