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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This semiannual report informs Congress of the Peace Corps Office of Inspector General's work for the second half of FY 2016.

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  • Annual Report

The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 required the Peace Corps to undertake reforms related to sexual assault risk reduction and response training and policy. This report contains OIG’s evaluation of the effectiveness and implementation of the training and policy, in addition to a review of a statistically significant number of sexual assault cases. The Peace Corps generally complied with the Act’s requirements. However, we identified several aspects of the agency’s sexual assault risk reduction and response program that needed improvement to better train Volunteers and enhance the Peace Corps’ response to sexual assault victims.

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  • Evaluation

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requires that annually each Office of Inspector General review its agency’s information security program and report results to the Office of Management and Budget. Based on the results of this review, we are concerned about the quality of the IT security program, especially considering the sensitive data that the Peace Corps maintains, such as health records and sexual assault incident information about Peace Corps Volunteers.

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  • Special Review

These challenges illustrate the most significant areas the Office of Inspector General believes need improvement for the Peace Corps to effectively manage its resources and minimize the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse occurring in its operations.

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  • Management Advisory

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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  • Plan

The report summarizes the most frequently recurring issues and recommendations from post audits, evaluations, and investigations between fiscal years 2012 and 2015.The purpose of this report is to help Peace Corps management identify the most commonly recurring issues across posts that require management attention to remediate.

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  • Special Review

Our report contains five recommendations directed to the post, including: strengthening controls over the process for collecting Volunteer overpayments and closing grant projects, complying with policies for issuing BOCs, and obtaining approval from the Office of Global Accounts Payable to designate a sub-cashier to assist with any weekend emergencies that require cash transactions.

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  • Audit

This report alerts Peace Corps Management of opportunities for improvement OIG identified while reviewing the Peace Corps’ efforts in complying with federal conference cost management and reporting requirements. While the Peace Corps’ policies and procedures for managing and reporting on conferences generally complied with federal law and Office of Management and Budget guidance, we found that the agency has not fully complied with all reporting requirements.

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  • Management Advisory

This advisory report alerts Peace Corps management to systematic deficiencies identified with site history files at multiple posts. Poor site history documentation increases the risk that Volunteers may be placed in unsafe sites. This report makes three recommendations to improve the maintenance, organization, and use of site history files.

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  • Management Advisory

This evaluation makes 12 recommendations focusing on site development, Volunteer training, and Volunteer integration into local communities. If implemented, the recommendations should strengthen post operations and correct the deficiencies detailed in the accompanying report.

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  • Evaluation

The Fiscal Year 2017 – 2019 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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  • Plan

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 required Offices of Inspectors General to provide Congress with a report describing controls used by their agencies to protect sensitive information maintained, processed, and transmitted by agency computer systems.While the Peace Corps had dedicated more resources to IT security in the last year and a half, we remain concerned about the quality of the IT security program, especially considering the sensitive data that the agency maintained.

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  • Special Review

Our report contains 21 recommendations directed to both the post and headquarters. At the post, our recommendations included: strengthening controls over imprest fund verification, ensuring accurate recording of medical supplies, and improving management of bills of collections.

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  • Audit

Our report contains 12 recommendations directed to the post to improve controls and ensure compliance with Peace Corps policy. Those recommendations include: performing the required cash counts, maintaining adequate inventory records, recording names of payees receiving disbursements, and reviewing time keeping procedure to comply with credit hour policies.

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  • Audit

This semiannual report informs Congress of the Peace Corps Office of Inspector General's work for the first half of FY 2016.

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  • Annual Report