Vol. 2 March 2024
What is Timekeeping Fraud
Timekeeping fraud occurs when agency employees, contractors, grantee staff, or AmeriCorps members and volunteers are dishonest about their time. This includes 1) Intentionally charging time to an AmeriCorps grant that is knowingly false or incorrect, 2) Showing a reckless disregard for timekeeping laws, rules, and regulations, (e.g., turning a
blind eye), or 3) Staff modifying volunteer(s) time records without any basis or authorization.
Did You Know?
Did you know that 30% of all OIG investigation cases opened since 2019 have been related to allegations of false or problematic timekeeping, many resulting from preventable situations?
Read on to find out how you can protect your program and your community.
These additional resources may help you to avoid timekeeping fraud.
- UMP 01.09
- UMP 11.01.06
- UMP 11.02.04
Vol. 1 November 2023
Combatting Fraud as a Strategic Priority
AmeriCorps’ March 2022 Strategic Plan identified “strengthen agency and program integrity by protecting AmeriCorps resources from fraud and mismanagement” as a sub-objective to Strategic Goal 4: Effectively Steward Federal Resources. To communicate the importance of combatting fraud as a strategic priority, programs using AmeriCorps funds should message how fraud negatively impacts communities served and takes resources away from those in need; reinforce through training that fraud includes falsifying timesheets and other records; and provide recipients with steps to take if they suspect fraud, including contacting the Office of Inspector General.