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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.

 

Audit Report
ISSUED DATE
2017-12-20

The Office of Inspector General awarded a contract to RSM US, LLP to perform agreed-upon procedures to the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) grants. KCCVS receives funding from CNCS and the Kentucky General Assembly. KCCVS administered AmeriCorps funds approximating $9.3 million awarded between January 1, 2013 and September 1, 2016 under five grant agreements ($5.4 million under cost-reimbursable awards and $3.9 under fixed-type awards). KCCVS made subgrants to eight organizations (under the cost-reimbursable awards) and was responsible for programmatic and financial oversight. Our AUP review of KCCVS and two of its subgrantees—Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation Kentucky Service Corps and ATEAM/AmeriCorps for Barren County School Board—found questioned costs totaling $851,954 and compliance findings.

 

The majority of the questioned costs result from deficiencies in the procedures used by KCCVS and its subgrantees to conduct the National Service Criminal History Checks for their staff and members. These deficiencies resulted in questioned cost of $758,414.

 

RSM’s testing found the following:

 

Inadequate Program Monitoring

  • Grantee did not adequately monitor and/or document subgrantees compliance with program requirements
  • Subgrantees compliance over member matters was lacking and/or not fully documented for end-of-term evaluations, performance interviews, and member service agreements

 

National Service Criminal History Check Findings (NSCHC)

  • Grantee did not perform NSCHC on grant-funded staff
  • Subgrantees had incomplete or insufficient member NSCHC and National Sex Offender Public Website checks and supporting documentation


Member Service Issues

  • Members performed unapproved remote service
  • Members performed service activities that were not in accordance with the subgrant objectives


Program Income

  • Subgrantee earned excess program income but did not apply it back to the Federal program


Support for In-Kind Contributions

  • Subgrantee could not adequately support the in-kind contributions reported for cost share under the grant

 

KCCVS concurred with most of the compliance findings but not the amounts questioned. The Corporation will resolve the reports findings and recommendations.

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Semi Annual Report
ISSUED DATE
2017-09-30

Under the expanded reporting requirements of the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016, this Semiannual Report (SAR) contains a compendium of OIG recommendations that CNCS has not implemented, or has not implemented fully, during the past five years.

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