ARRA - Section 1511 Infrastructure Investment

Check this page regularly for the latest updates on the federal and state reporting requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Funds appropriated under ARRA must be spent with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. ARRA, Title XV, Subtitle A, Section 1511, requires recipients of ARRA infrastructure investment funds to certify that their infrastructure investment has received the full review and vetting required by law.

As a part of the terms and conditions of the grants pursuant to ARRA, TEA requires the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) chief executive officer to accept responsibility for ensuring (i.e., to certify) that the infrastructure investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.

 

ARRA Infrastructure Grants 

Grantees are permitted to use funds for infrastructure investments under the following ARRA grant programs: ARRA IDEA-B Formula; ARRA IDEA-B Preschool; and ARRA State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF). The Section 1511 certification requirement applies to recipients of these grants who expend funds on infrastructure investments.

In compliance with ARRA, Title XV, Subtitle A, Section 1511, TEA has made these documents available at the links provided in the following section:

  1. Governor Rick Perry’s letter (PDF, 28KB) to the Commissioner of Education, delegating responsibility for managing the Section 1511 certification process for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF).
  2. The Commissioner’s reporting statement (PDF, 36KB) that the chief executives of LEAs pursuing infrastructure investments using ARRA funds have certified their infrastructure investments to TEA and accept responsibility that the investments are appropriate uses of taxpayer dollars.
  3. The Final Section 1511 SFSF Infrastructure Report (PDF, 756KB)  or Final Section 1511 SFSF Infrastructure Report (Excel, 261KB) showing the infrastructure investment projects certified by LEAs to TEA under ARRA SFSF grants.
  4. The Final Section 1511 IDEA-B Report (PDF, 184KB)  or Final Section 1511 IDEA-B Report (Excel, 95KB) showing the infrastructure investment projects certified by LEAs to TEA under ARRA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants.
  5. The Final Section 1511 IDEA-B Preschool Infrastructure Report (PDF, 39KB)  or Final Section 1511 IDEA-B Preschool Infrastructure Report (Excel, 27KB) showing the infrastructure investment projects certified by LEAs to TEA under ARRA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants.

TEA’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Initial Annual Report to U.S. Department of Education: 

        Report shows the infrastructure investment projects certified by LEAs to TEA under ARRA SFSF grants as of September 30, 2010.

     Section 1511 SFSF Infrastructure Report (PDF, 277KB)  

     Section 1511 SFSF Infrastructure Report (Excel, 161KB)

TEA's State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Final Annual Report to U.S. Department of Education:

        Report shows the infrastructure investment projects certified by LEAs to TEA under ARRA SFSF grants as of September 30, 2011.

     Section 1511 SFSF Infrastructure Report (PDF, 257KB)

     Section 1511 SFSF Infrastructure Report (Excel, 2249KB)

Resources for local education agencies:

    Updated ARRA Section 1511 Infrastructure Investment Certification Guidance (PDF, 59KB)

    Updated ARRA Section 1511 Infrastructure Investment Certification ER Entry Procedures (PDF, 564KB)

    Provisions and Assurances for Infrastructure Investments Under ARRA Grants (PDF, 54KB)

    TEA’s Model Section 1511 Certification Template (Word, 40KB)

    Recovery.gov website

 

Reporting Fraud, Waste, or Abuse of ARRA Funds 


Texas State Auditor's Office (SAO)

The SAO investigates allegations of fraud, waste or abuse involving state funds and resources, including ARRA funds. To report fraud, waste or abuse (or suspicion of fraud, waste or abuse) to the SAO, call the SAO Hotline at 800-TX-AUDIT (892-8348) or submit a report to the SAO's Online Reporting Hotline.

 

United States Department of Education (USDE) Office of Inspector General (OIG)  

The USDE OIG investigates allegations of fraud, waste and abuse related to federal education funds and federally funded programs, including ARRA funds.  To report fraud, waste, or abuse (or suspicion of fraud, waste or abuse) to the USDE OIG, contact the Special Agent in Charge for Texas (Thomas Utz Jr., (214) 661-9538, 1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1440, Dallas, TX 75201-6817); email oig.hotline@ed.gov; call 1-800-MISUSED (1-800-647-8733); or write the Inspector General’s Hotline, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1500.  USDE OIG provides additional guidance for reporting at OIG Hotline:  Fraud Prevention.

 


Division of Federal Program Compliance
Office for Grants and Fiscal Compliance
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX  78701
512/463-9127

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