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Peace Corps Office of Inspector General Receives Two Government-Wide Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 18, 2012 The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General received two awards on October 18, 2012, from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) at its 15th Annual Awards Ceremony at the National Museum of Natural History. Assistant Inspector General for Audit Brad Grubb, Lead Auditor Hal Nanavati and Expert Consultant Jeffrey Lee received an Audit Award for Excellence for the Audit of the Peace Corps’ Budget Formulation Process. Assistant Inspector General for Evaluation Jim O’Keefe, Lead Evaluator Heather Robinson and Senior Evaluator Jerry Black received the Evaluations Award for Excellence for the Country Program Evaluation of Peace Corps/Peru.

CIGIE recognized the Audit of Peace Corps’ Budget Formulation Process because its findings and recommendations promoted greater transparency, effectiveness and efficiency in the agency’s budget formulation process. The Country Program Evaluation of Peace Corps/Peru was acknowledged as having resulted in the agency making safety and security enhancements for current and future volunteers.

“I am proud of our auditors and evaluators for their hard work on these important projects,” said Inspector General Kathy A. Buller.

CIGIE is a statutorily established independent entity within the executive branch representing 73 Offices of Inspector General in the federal government. CIGIE’s mission is to promote integrity, economy and effectiveness in government agencies as well as to increase the professionalism and effectiveness of personnel in the OIG community.

About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

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