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Audits, Evaluations and Reviews

Audits, Evaluations and Reviews

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Reed & Associates (RA) to perform agreed-upon procedures of grant costs and compliance testing for Corporation-funded Federal assistance provided to the American Samoa Special Services Commission (ASSSC or the Commission). The Corporation has awarded almost $7 million in AmeriCorps grants to ASSSC since 2001.

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), performed an audit of AmeriCorps grants awarded to U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). The purpose of the audit was to determine whether USCRI was in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and terms and conditions of the grants.

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To the Board of Directors and Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of financial position of the Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) as of September 30, 2010, and the related consolidated statements of operations and changes in net position, the consolidated statements of cash flows, and the combined statements of budgetary resources (hereinafter referred to as the "financial statements") for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Corporation's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. The Corporation's financial statements as of September 30, 2009 were audited by other auditors, whose report dated November 10, 2009 expressed an unqualified opinion on those statements.

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To the Board of Directors and Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service

We have audited the accompanying special purpose schedule of financial position of the Corporation for National and Community Service's (the Corporation) National Service Trust Fund as of September 30, 2010, and the related special purpose schedule of operations and changes in net position, schedule of trust obligations, and trust budgetary resources (hereinafter referred to as the "trust schedules") for the year then ended. These trust schedules are the responsibility of the Corporation's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these trust schedules based on our audit. The Corporation's trust schedules as of September 30, 2009 were audited by other auditors, whose report dated November 10, 2009 expressed an unqualified opinion on those trust schedules.

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Richard S. Carson & Associates, Inc. (Carson) to perform an independent Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) evaluation of the Corporation's information technology systems, controls, and policies.

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The Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) uses a variety of monitoring activities to assess the extent to which its grantees and sponsor organizations are carrying out and overseeing their Corporation-funded programs. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) examined the monitoring activities conducted by the Corporation in Fiscal Years (FY) 2008 and 2009 to determine whether the Corporation maintained adequate support for its findings and conclusions. We reviewed the monitoring activities to determine if they were conducted in accordance with Corporation policies and procedures. We also interviewed Corporation staff responsible for conducting monitoring activities to identify any areas that they felt needed improvement, and would aid in conducting monitoring in a more efficient and effective manner.

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), performed an audit of the National Reinvestment Corporation's (NRC) American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) grant. The objectives were to determine whether NRC's financial management system was in compliance with the grant and ARRA requirements, and whether both NRC and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members were in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and grant provisions.

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Cotton & Company LLP to perform agreed-upon procedures to assist the OIG in grant cost and compliance testing of Corporation-funded Federal assistance awarded to The Research Foundation of the City University of New York (RFCUNY) on behalf of Hunter College of the City University of New York. The Corporation awarded one AmeriCorps National Direct grant to RFCUNY, which was categorized as a Professional Model grant.

RFCUNY and Hunter College consider themselves to be joint grantees based on an agreement signed in 1983 between the two organizations. As part of the agreement, RFCUNY is responsible for accounting for expenditures, preparing periodic financial reports for project directors and funding agencies, monitoring expenditures, maintaining auditable accounts, and ensuring compliance with its policies and sponsor requirements. Hunter College is responsible for selecting personnel, making technical decisions related to the project, and ensuring compliance with award terms, its own policies, and city and state requirements.

Because the grant agreement between RFCUNY and the Corporation does not identify or assign responsibilities or rights to Hunter College, we have identified RFCUNY as the grantee in this report.

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) to perform agreed-upon procedures on grant costs and compliance for Corporation-funded Federal assistance provided to the Points of Light Foundation (POL).

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service, contracted with Cotton & Company LLP to perform agreed-upon procedures to assist the OIG in grant cost and compliance testing of Corporation-funded Federal assistance provided to the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC).

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), performed an audit of the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Member Support Unit (VMSU), which is located in Austin, Texas. Our objectives were to determine whether member files were complete; payments of living allowances, education awards, and stipends were supported; personally identifiable information was protected; and internal controls were adequate.

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Regis & Associates, PC to perform agreed-upon procedures of grant cost and compliance for Corporation-funded Federal assistance provided to The Health Literacy Foundation, Inc. (HLF). As a result of applying these procedures, we questioned Federal-share costs of $96,316. The detailed results of our agreed-upon procedures (AUP) on claimed costs are presented in Exhibit A, Consolidated Schedule of Awards, and Claimed and Questioned Costs. A questioned cost is an alleged violation of a provision of law, regulation, contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or other agreement or document governing the expenditure of Federal funds; or a finding that, at the time of testing, such cost is not supported by adequate documentation.

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Cotton & Company LLP to perform agreed-upon procedures to assist the OIG in grant cost and compliance testing of Corporation-funded Federal assistance provided to the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP).

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) to perform agreed-upon procedures on grant costs and compliance for Corporation-funded Federal assistance provided to the Lower Mississippi Delta Service Corps (LMDSC).

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Clifton Gunderson LLP (auditors) to perform agreed-upon procedures on the grant expenditures, terms and provisions (including compliance with applicable laws and regulations) for Corporation-funded Federal assistance provided to the American National Red Cross (ANRC).