Devaney said more than 99 percent of fund recipients report on how they spend the money. Those who don’t report get their names published, he said.
“People get embarrassed and they report,” he said.
The recovery board, comprised of 12 inspector generals, is challenging the old paradigm that IGs do their investigation “after the fact.” With Recovery.gov, the board is trying to “interrupt fraud before it occurs, stop it dead in its tracks,” Devaney said.
The board has also tried to overcome the “gotcha” mentality that agencies may have toward IGs. If the board discovered that an agency could do something better administratively, it contacted the agency without publicizing or calling it a “bad thing,” Devaney said.
“For the most part, the agencies were very receptive to that and made the changes necessary,” he said.