Created by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, the Corporation provides opportunities for Americans to serve their communities through: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, National Civilian Community Corps and Learn and Serve America. The 1993 Act also established the Office of Inspector General, which conducts independent and objective audits and investigations of Corporation programs and operations to prevent and deter waste, fraud and abuse. It also recommends policies to Corporation management to promote economy and efficiency.
Each federal agency has an Office of Inspector General (OIG) that provides independent oversight of the agency’s programs and operations. The office is responsible for promoting efficiency and effectiveness in agency programs and for preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse.
This is the third consecutive year in which OIG has questioned the validity of the Corporation’s IPERA analysis. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the Corporation’s AFR reported that none of its programs was susceptible to significant improper payments and reported improper payments in the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program of only $2.14 and projected improper payments of $3,947, results that were on their face unreasonable. The Corporation reached these results because it failed to examine whether the Corporation’s expenditures were used for their intended purpose, a key IPERA criterion.