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.
The Office of Inspector General audited the costs incurred by Reading Partners, a Corporation for National & Community Service grantee, for the period April 2012 through March 2015. Our audit questioned Federal costs of $14,495. The questioned costs are the result of non-compliance with background check requirements for one staff person and lack of citizenship documentation for one AmeriCorps member. We also determined that the grantee has inadequate support of classroom space that is claimed as in-kind match.