We included an audit of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) economic development (ED) grants in our annual audit plan based on findings from our 2013 audit of TVA’s Valley Investment Initiative, where we found TVA’s oversight of that program could be improved. Currently, there are two main grant programs utilized—Performance Grant Program and InvestPrep Program. Our audit objectives were to determine if TVA has (1) adequate processes and procedures in place for awarding ED grants and (2) established performance metrics to determine if grant program objectives are met. The scope of the audit included ED grants active between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2017. We found (1) TVA has adequate processes in place for awarding ED grants but does not have a Standard Program and Process for InvestPrep grants, (2) ED has not included InvestPrep grants in any compliance review program, and (3) the ED organization has not established specific performance metrics to determine if grant program objectives are met.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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