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Audit Report: OAS-RA-11-09

June 13, 2011 

The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the State of West Virginia

The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (Weatherization Program) received $5 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to improve the energy efficiency of residences owned or occupied by low-income persons. The Department subsequently awarded a three-year Recovery Act Weatherization Program grant of almost $38 million to the State of West Virginia. This grant provided nearly eight times the $4.8 million in Departmental funds available to West Virginia for weatherization in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. The West Virginia Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity administers the Recovery Act grant through 12 local community action agencies. These agencies are responsible for determining applicant eligibility, assessing and weatherizing homes, and conducting home inspections. West Virginia's goal is to weatherize approximately 3,500 homes with Recovery Act funding, providing services to qualified elderly and handicapped low-income persons on a priority basis. As of October 2010, the State reported weatherizing almost 1,800 homes at a cost of $16.3 million in Recovery Act funding.

Topic: Financial Assistance