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Former AmeriCorps Commission Chairman Barred from Doing Business with the Federal Government
Washington, DC – Muasau Tofili, former Chairman of the Board of the American Samoa Special Services Commission (Commission), has been debarred from doing business with the Federal government for one year. Mr Tofili, who in September of 2012 became an Associate Judge of the High Court of American Samoa, pocketed more than $2,400 by overcharging the government for hotel expenses. The Commission was funded with taxpayer dollars by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
WASHINGTON, DC -- Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. (AHR), a non-profit organization in Atlantic City, New Jersey, cannot account for $1.4 million in costs charged against two grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), according to the agency’s Office of Inspector General. Among the more egregious findings of a recently released audit report, AHR double-billed the government for office services, claimed credits for travel reimbursements and meals that it did not provide to volunteers, failed to ensure that participants were eligible for means-tested benefits, and issued worthless checks to volunteers with incomes near the poverty level. More than 70 percent of the costs charged to the grants were improper or unsupported.
WASHINGTON, DC – Deborah Jeffrey, newly confirmed Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service, this week told an audience of AmeriCorps State and National grantee directors that at a time of looming budget cuts to federal programs, it was critically important they remain aware of their duty to the taxpayers, and to future grantees, to be good stewards of the federal money with which they have been entrusted.
A former Executve Director of the American Samoa Special Services Commission (Commission) was sentenced yesterday to 14 months in prison for her role in stealing over $325,000 in AmeriCorps grant funds, and was ordered to make full resituton of that amount.
Mine S. Pase, 63, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, was sentenced to 14 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton for the District of Columbia. In November of 2011, Pase pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal informa, on charging her with conspiracy to commit the of federal funds.
On July 19, 2012, Ms. Deborah Jeffrey was sworn in by the Honorable Stephen H. Glickman, Associate Judge District of Columbia Court of Appeals as the new Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Prior to Ms. Jeffrey’s selection as Inspector General, she was a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where for more than 20 years she has represented clients in civil and criminal investigations and in complex litigation, and has advised lawyers and law firms on matters of professional ethics and risk management.
Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder as an associate in 1989, Ms. Jeffrey worked as an associate at Hogan & Hartson from 1986 to 1989. She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Harrison L. Winter, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Ms. Jeffrey’s impressive career has included designing, conducting, and supervising internal investigations for publicly traded companies, major non-governmental organizations, and law firms. She has also represented government officials in criminal, civil, inspector general, and congressional investigations, among others. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the D.C. Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility, which oversees the disciplinary system for attorneys barred in the District of Columbia, including hearing appeals in cases of attorney discipline.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), has issued an audit report (09-15) on Financial Management Survey Responses of New Grantees that cites lapses in the Corporation’s evaluation of new applicants for grant funds.
The audit, a follow-up to a 1998 OIG report, found that problems still exist with the way the Corporation determines whether new grantee applicants have the financial systems and expertise to properly handle Federal funds.
Corporation officials generally agreed with the audit’s findings and have begun taking steps to strengthen their oversight of new grantees.
Specifically, the OIG found that the Financial Management Survey (FMS) form used by the Corporation contains information self-reported by grantees and lacks any method for verification of responses. The Corporation’s review process was also cited as needing improvement.