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 and National Civilian Community Corps. 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.
How Does CNCS-OIG Contribute To Good Government?
CNCS-OIG takes the following actions to improve program operations and ensure strong stewardship of CNCS programs:
- Offers analysis and advice on critical government-wide initiatives, such as computer security, program performance, workforce planning, and financial management.
- Looks independently at problems and recommend solutions.
- Issues factual reports based on professional auditing, investigative, and evaluation standards.
- Investigates fraud, misuse of funds, conflicts of interest, and other violations of laws and regulations.
- Provides technical and consultative advice as the agency develops new plans.
- Engages in outreach to CNCS and the grantee community on the proper stewardship of federal funds.
- Maintains a hotline for reporting confidential information on fraud and abuse.
MEET THE STAFF
Senior Staff Biographies
Deborah (Deb) Jeffrey was confirmed as the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2012, after 25 years in the private practice of law. There, she represented individuals and entities in white-collar criminal defense and civil enforcement proceedings (including the Enron cases); defended senior government officials in high-profile criminal, Congressional and Inspector General Investigations; and advised lawyers and law firms concerning ethics and risk management. As Vice Chair of the District of Columbia’s attorney disciplinary system, she is the author of more than 30 appellate opinions in disciplinary prosecutions. Ms. Jeffrey began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Harrison L. Winter, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
Fara Damelin joined the Corporation for National and Community Service as Deputy Inspector General in February 2018. Previously, Ms. Damelin served for over 14 years with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG), where she rose to the position of Director, Office of Investigations Legal Division. While at NSF OIG, Ms. Damelin supervised a staff of investigative attorneys, investigated allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse related to NSF programs and operations and worked closely with the Department of Justice on civil and criminal prosecutions and recoveries. Ms. Damelin is a graduate of the Federal Executive lnstitute's Leadership for a Democratic Society program and served as an lnteragency Fellow of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, completing a six-month detail with the General Services Administration OIG. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and serves as an adjunct instructor for the Inspector General Academy. Ms. Damelin received a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton in 1991, and a J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1994.
Vincent A. Mulloy was appointed to his present position in September 2000, having served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Justice Management Division. He started his career as a compliance attorney in the Office of Monitoring, Audit, and Compliance at the Legal Services Corporation, where he conducted legal reviews and assisted in litigation to withdraw funding from Legal Services Corporation grantees. In 1988, Mr. Mulloy joined the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a federal agency that monitors civil rights enforcement and presents policy recommendations to Congress. He analyzed legal developments in civil rights law, organized Commission briefings and drafted reports on affirmative action, discrimination in medical care, and police misconduct. In 1991, he joined the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Mulloy left government service in 1993 and spent five years in private practice and as in-house counsel. Mr. Mulloy received a J.D. from the University of Arkansas’ School of Law in Fayetteville.
Jeff Morales joined the CNCS-OIG in 2004 as a Senior Special Agent, becoming the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations in 2009 and the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations in 2017. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience in federal law enforcement, where his expertise has saved the government millions of dollars. Mr. Morales started his law enforcement career as a Special Agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, where he investigated General Crimes, Drug Suppression and Economic Crimes Team Chief, and was also detailed as a Mission Special Agent in Charge for the security of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Morales is a graduate of the American Military University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Veteran Federal auditor Stuart G. Axenfeld was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Audit in August 2008. He oversees the CNCS-OIG Audit Section and supervises the work of Audit Managers, Auditors and Audit contractors. Mr. Axenfeld, who joined the CNCS-OIG in 2004 as an Audit Manager, began his Federal career with the Defense Contract Audit Agency, where he led a team of auditors charged with reviewing massive and complex Pentagon contracts. He then served the Office of Inspector General at the Library Congress where, as Senior Auditor, he led a team that audited the Library’s programs, contracts and grants. A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Axenfeld received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1983. Mr. Axenfeld is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.