Created by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for Americans to serve their communities through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA and National Civilian Community Corps. The 1993 Act also established the Office of Inspector General, which conducts independent and objective audits and investigations of AmeriCorps OIG programs and operations to prevent and deter waste, fraud, and abuse. It also recommends policies to Corporation management to promote economy and efficiency.
How Does AmeriCorps OIG Contribute To Good Government?
AmeriCorps OIG takes the following actions to improve program operations and ensure strong stewardship of AmeriCorps programs:
- Offers analysis and advice on critical government-wide initiatives, such as computer security, program performance, workforce planning, and financial management.
- Looks independently at problems and recommend solutions.
- Issues factual reports based on professional auditing, investigative, and evaluation standards.
- Investigates fraud, misuse of funds, conflicts of interest, and other violations of laws and regulations.
- Provides technical and consultative advice as the agency develops new plans.
- Engages in outreach to AmeriCorps and the grantee community on the proper stewardship of federal funds.
- Maintains a hotline for reporting confidential information on fraud and abuse.