ABSTRACT

Management Assistance Report: Internal Controls Are Needed to Safeguard Inherently Governmental Functions at the Global Engagement Center   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Summary of Review: "During an Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit of the Department of State's (Department) cooperative agreements and grants related to Iran, which is presently underway, OIG identified instances in which Global Engagement Center (GEC) third-party contractors were performing inherently Governmental functions. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Policy Letter 11-01 states that certain inherently Governmental functions, such as approving cooperative agreement activities, are intimately related to the public's interest and therefore may only be performed by Federal employees. [...] OIG reviewed five cooperative agreements awarded by GEC from FY 2018 through FY 2020 and found that third-party contractors were assigned to perform inherently Governmental functions on four of five (80 percent) cooperative agreements (awards) reviewed. Specifically, in GEC's award provisions, third-party contractors were improperly assigned to approve project workplans. OIG also identified two instances in which third-party contractors performed inherently Governmental activities by directing award recipients' messaging on sensitive topics related to Iran."

Report Number:
Department of State, Office of Inspector General, Report No. AUD-MERO-22-19
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Date:
2022-02
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Oversight.gov: https://www.oversight.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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