Inspector General Reports

These reports look at the Peace Corps agency and are from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), an independent entity within the Peace Corps.

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The Office of Inspector General's annual plan outlines the work planned for the year ahead, including agency wide audits or evaluations, mandated reviews, and which posts may receive audits or evaluations.

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  • Plans & Reports

We issued 12 audit recommendations in the 2013 audit report of Peace Corps/Zambia, all of which the post and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer implemented and we closed. However, during the follow-up audit we noted that the internal controls over the post’s financial and administrative operations required significant improvement to comply with agency policies and applicable Federal laws and regulations. Our report contains 21 recommendations directed to both the post and headquarters. At the post, our recommendations include implementing controls over fuel purchase and use, imprest funds, staff health insurance, disbursements, and security clearance for staff. We also recommend putting in place a contract with the auctioneer and enhancing controls over Volunteer allowances. We recommend that headquarters issue guidance on implementing internal controls over fuel purchase and use.

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  • Audit

The Fiscal Year 2018 – 2020 OIG Strategic Plan includes the long-range goals and objectives designed to enhance OIG oversight in support of the Peace Corps and its three goals.

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  • Plans & Reports

We found that the post’s financial and administrative operations required improvement to comply with agency policies and applicable federal laws and regulations. Our report contains 19 recommendations directed to the post and headquarters, including that the post strengthen controls over the processes for managing imprest funds, modifying contracts, creating bills of collection, collecting Volunteer overpayments, and closing grant projects. In addition, we recommend that the post work with Global Accounts Payable to obtain a waiver for the sub-cashiers when exceeding the maximum amount for a cashier advance, and that Global Accounts Payable publish guidance for mobile banking.

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  • Audit

In November 2016, we issued our review of the Peace Corps' Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Response Program as required by the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011. As part of this evaluation, we reviewed 138 cases files for sexual assaults reported to the Peace Corps. Upon review of a sample of recently unredacted documents, we were able to verify the accuracy of our original 2016 analysis. This memorandum has been appended to the original 2016 report.

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  • Letter

This document provides information concerning the negative impact of personnel turnover on agency operations, drawing on an analysis of interviews conducted by OIG evaluators from 2010 through 2015 in 27 country program evaluations. In addition, we have included highlights from 34 audit and evaluation reports over the same period that referenced challenges related to position vacancies and staff turnover.

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  • Management Advisory

In 2009, Peace Corps Volunteer Kate Puzey was murdered while serving in Benin, just after reporting concerns that a seasonal Peace Corps contractor was sexually abusing students. Her tragic death raised serious concerns with the agency’s handling of Volunteer safety, security, and the confidentiality of Volunteer complaints.

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  • Letter

Our report contains 13 recommendations focused on improving programming, training, and Volunteer support at the post.

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  • Evaluation

We found that the post’s financial and administrative operations required improvement to comply with agency policies and applicable federal laws and regulations. Our report contains 14 recommendations directed to both the post and headquarters. At the post, our recommendations included strengthening controls over security certifications, leases, and imprest fund verifications; safeguarding controlled substances; and improving management of Volunteer allowances and purchase card transactions.

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  • Audit

This semiannual report informs Congress of the Peace Corps Office of Inspector General's work for October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.

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  • Annual Report

Our report made 27 recommendations focused on improving programming, training, and Volunteer support at the post.

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  • Evaluation

This audit found that the post’s financial and administrative operations required improvement to comply with agency policies and applicable federal laws and regulations. Our report contains 10 recommendations directed to the post, including that it properly record payee names when disbursing funds and enhance controls over Volunteer allowances, ticketing for air travel, and interim advances.

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  • Audit

Inspector General Kathy A. Buller's statement before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform concerning Inspector General empowerment.

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  • Testimony

This audit found that Peace Corps/China's financial and administrative operations were effective and complied with agency policies and applicable federal laws and regulations. However, there were a few areas in need of improvement. Our report makes five recommendations directed to both the post and headquarters on these areas.

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  • Audit

This semiannual report informs Congress of the Peace Corps Office of Inspector General's work for April 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

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  • Annual Report