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3.20 Grant Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Ways to Reduce the Risk of Fraud

There are several things that can be done to reduce or even eliminate the risk of fraudulent use of the Federal award:

  • Examine operations and internal controls to identify fraud vulnerabilities.
  • Implement specific fraud prevention strategies including educating others about the risks. The more people are aware of the issues, the more they can help prevent problems or detect them as early as possible.
  • Maintain a well-designed and -tested system of internal controls.
  • Ensure all financial or other certifications and progress reports are adequately supported with appropriate documentation and evidence.
  • Identify any potential conflict-of-interest issues and disclose them to the awarding agency for specific guidance and advice.
  • Follow a fair and transparent procurement process, especially when using consultants. Ensure that the rate of pay is reasonable and justifiable, and that the work product is well-defined and documented.

Contact the DOJ Office of the Inspector General for more information.

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Information on designing and testing internal controls may be found in the following references: