The Commission had documented processes and criteria for scoring applications and awarding grants. However, the Commission had systemic weaknesses in its reviewing and
scoring processes because it did not ensure that it consistently and correctly applied the scoring criteria. Specifically, of 764 project applications for the fiscal year
2017 ERIG grant round, auditors identified 460 (60 percent) that the Commission did not score correctly. For nearly all of the project applications, those errors, if corrected,
would not have changed the award outcome. However, the Commission incorrectly awarded grants to applicants for 4 project applications (0.6 percent of the 659 grants awarded)
In addition, auditors identified inconsistencies within and among the spreadsheets the Commission uses to track project applications, document eligibility determinations,
calculate scores, and document scoring results and decisions. As a result, the information in those scoring tools did not always support the Commission’s final scoring decisions
and eligibility determinations.
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