June 25, 2012
The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the State of Ohio
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (Weatherization Program) received $5 billion to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons. The Department awarded a 3-year, $267 million Recovery Act weatherization grant to the State of Ohio's (Ohio) Department of Development.
Ohio had not always managed its Weatherization Program efficiently and effectively. We identified weaknesses that impacted Ohio's ability to meet the objectives of the Weatherization Program and the Recovery Act. Specifically, Ohio and its local agencies had not always provided quality weatherization services; procured materials, equipment and services in accordance with Federal and State requirements; ensured that recipients were selected for weatherization services based on their priority and that they met income eligibility requirements; and, complied with laws and regulations governing the Weatherization Program. We have made a number of recommendations designed to improve Ohio's Weatherization Program.