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.
Meet The Staff
Senior Staff Biographies
Deborah (Deb) Jeffrey was confirmed as the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service (now AmeriCorps) in 2012, after 25 years in the private practice of law. There, she represented individuals and entities in white-collar criminal defense and civil enforcement proceedings (including the Enron cases); defended senior government officials in high-profile criminal, Congressional and Inspector General Investigations; and advised lawyers and law firms concerning ethics and risk management. As Vice Chair of the District of Columbia’s attorney disciplinary system, she is the author of more than 30 appellate opinions in disciplinary prosecutions. Ms. Jeffrey began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Harrison L. Winter, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
Fara Damelin joined AmeriCorps as Deputy Inspector General in February 2018. Previously, Ms. Damelin served for over 14 years with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG), where she rose to the position of Director, Office of Investigations Legal Division. While at NSF OIG, Ms. Damelin supervised a staff of investigative attorneys, investigated allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse related to NSF programs and operations and worked closely with the Department of Justice on civil and criminal prosecutions and recoveries. Ms. Damelin is a graduate of the Federal Executive lnstitute's Leadership for a Democratic Society program and served as an lnteragency Fellow of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, completing a six-month detail with the General Services Administration OIG. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and serves as an adjunct instructor for the Inspector General Academy. Ms. Damelin received a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton in 1991, and a J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1994.
Stephen Ravas became Counsel to the Inspector General in August 2019. Prior to joining AmeriCorps OIG, Mr. Ravas served as Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There he was the lead attorney for investigative issues related to criminal procedure, law enforcement techniques, and the Special Agent Handbook, and participated in and provided legal counsel for multi-disciplinary investigations, audits and inspections. Before this, Mr. Ravas served as Special Investigative Counsel for the Department of Commerce OIG, where he focused on administrative and ethics investigations and performed a detail to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA). As a SAUSA, Mr. Ravas advised and directed federal agents in ongoing investigations, and represented the United States in federal district court and in grand jury proceedings. Mr. Ravas began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Paul D. Borman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. He then entered the private practice of law, representing individuals and Fortune 500 companies in white-collar criminal defense matters, including alleged antitrust violations. He holds degrees from James Madison University and Wayne State Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wayne Law Review.
Jeff Morales joined AmeriCorps OIG in 2004 as a Senior Special Agent, becoming the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations in 2009 and the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations in 2017. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience in federal law enforcement, where his expertise has saved the government millions of dollars. Mr. Morales started his law enforcement career as a Special Agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, where he investigated General Crimes, Drug Suppression and Economic Crimes, and was also detailed as a Mission Special Agent in Charge for the security of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Morales is a graduate of the American Military University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Veteran Federal auditor Monique P. Colter was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Audit in November 2018. She oversees the AmeriCorps OIG Audit Section and supervises the work of audit managers, auditors and audit contractors. Mrs. Colter began her Federal career with the student cooperative education program at the Internal Revenue Service and progressed as an internal revenue agent reviewing complex large corporation tax returns. She then served the Office of Inspector General at the United States Postal Service where, as an audit director, she led teams that examined the Postal Service supply management, facilities, human resources, and security programs. A native of St. Matthews, SC, Mrs. Colter received a bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State University in 1989. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.