WASHINGTON — A recently released audit of an extremely popular U.S. Department of Transportation grant program revealed an inadequate framework for ensuring projects meet their goals, though the DOT said it has taken steps to meet some of the recommendations.

The DOT Inspector General’s audit report focuses on grantees benefiting from the original $1.5 billion of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery funding appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009.

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