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Fraud Alert

 

The AmeriCorps Office of Inspector General (AmeriCorps OIG) is an independent office within AmeriCorps that provides oversight of the agency's programs and operations to protect the integrity of national service. AmeriCorps OIG performs audits, evaluations and investigations of AmeriCorps , its grantees and contractors, to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse. The Office is staffed with auditors, investigators, attorneys, information technology and other specialists who ensure that we meet our core functions and responsibilities.

Maintaining close working relationships with AmeriCorps and its awardees help us focus our efforts on priority areas and facilitate our proactive educational efforts.  The Office consults AmeriCorps in developing plans and obtains agency feedback on reports before they are issued. Semiannually,  AmeriCorps OIG submits a summary report of its activities to the Congress and AmeriCorps leadership.

 

 

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AmeriCorps’ Penetration Testing and Phishing Campaign Evaluation

AmeriCorps’ security program has not been effective in accordance with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) since Fiscal Year 2017. In order to determine its current status, AmeriCorps OIG engaged an independent certified public accounting firm to conduct an internal penetration test of AmeriCorps’ network. The independent auditors tested AmeriCorps’ network to evaluate the effectiveness of its information security program and to identify areas of weakness.

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Office of Inspector General Assessment of AmeriCorps' Financial Statement Audit and Cybersecurity Corrective Action Plans

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OIG-SR-22-05

Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, AmeriCorps has not obtained an audit opinion on its financial statements. In FY 2021, independent auditors found nine material weaknesses and one significant deficiency, resulting in a total of 73 recommendations. In addition, each of AmeriCorps Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) annual Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) evaluations since FY 2017 concluded that AmeriCorps’ cybersecurity and privacy program is ineffective. AmeriCorps has made little progress in implementing the 41 FISMA recommendations.

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