Improvements needed for US-Mexico border water infrastructure program
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided US$626 million in assistance agreements (grants) to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADBank) for projects starting between Fiscal Years (FYs) 1997 and 2007. The grants were for water infrastructure improvements (both drinking water and wastewater) along the U.S.-Mexico border. EPA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) and some members of Congress have expressed concerns related to unliquidated balances in the U.S.-Mexico Border Program (Border Program). The EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has audited EPA’s controls for obligating and using the Border Program’s funds. Our audit objective was to answer the question: Does EPA’s U.S.-Mexico Border Program have adequate controls for obligating and using water infrastructure grant funds?