Preventing Fraud in Federal Education Programs
The Vocational Education Amendments of 1976 mandated a federal audit of every state’s vocational education program. For many states, colleges and districts, that may have been the last thorough examination of the internal controls for CTE eligible recipients and eligible state agencies. Due to the fact that Subpart F of the Uniform Guidance only requires single audits to cover “major programs”,
expenditures and controls for costs under Perkins CTE, AEFLA, and WIOA often are not audited. And because these smaller programs are often not audited, administrators may be emboldened to undertake greater risks. Accordingly, the Inspector General at ED now reports an increased focus on fraud, including financial conflicts of interest, falsified documentation, missing property, persistent internal control issues, irregularities in contract awards, unverifiable vendors, low quality products and services, and unreasonable
costs. In this session, Steven Spillan and Michael Brustein will discuss steps and strategies that colleges, districts, non-profits, and state agencies should consider to reduce the risk of non-compliance relating to the expenditure of CTE, AEFLA and WIOA funds. In addition, we will discuss the responsibilities of “pass-through” entities to implement robust monitoring protocols, particularly
where there is no single audit review of these programs.
Who Will Benefit?
This virtual training is of value to all federal granting agencies, federal grant recipients, and everyone who works with federal grants, including:
- Grant and program administrators
- Grant program staff
- State, district and school personnel
- Program monitors
What Will You Learn?
Attendees will learn:
- An understanding of the federal requirements in the UGG which govern both pass-through agencies and their subrecipients to ensure compliance and implement the internal controls necessary to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse.
Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education (CPE) on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: http://www.learningmarket.org.