Hoopa Valley Tribe (Hoopa) received grants totaling approximately $2.8 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) for its Tribal Citizen Community Corps (TCCC) and Hoopa AmeriCorps Native Land (ANL) programs between June 2012 and June 2014.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the costs incurred by Hoopa during this period and as a result, questioned $184,885 or approximately 7.4 percent, of the $2.5 million in Federal costs charged against these grants, as of July 2014. The questioned costs stem from non-compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and grant provisions, specifically attributed to the fact that the grantee did not perform and document required background checks for its AmeriCorps members and grantee’s staff.
To address these findings, we recommend that the Corporation disallow and recover the questioned costs. To improve compliance, we also recommend that Hoopa: (1) develop and implement procedures to ensure that required background checks are conducted for its AmeriCorps members and staff; and (2) familiarize staff with the grant agreement terms and applicable laws and regulations.