Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman told the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending November 2 that about 45 percent of the $35.2 billion in Recovery Act funding received by the agency remains to be spent. He attributed the number to the overwhelming of recipients at the state and local level because of the large and rapid influx of money, saying that despite pressure to spend the funds quickly, recipients of grants and other financial assistance were often ill-prepared for the extensive planning, organization, staffing, and training that was needed.