The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes $4 billion in Department of Justice (DOJ) grant funding to enhance state, local, and tribal law enforcement; to combat violence against women; to fight Internet crimes against children; and to provide support to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s Project Gunrunner.
The Recovery Act also provides $2 million in funding to the DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to help ensure accountability and oversight of the DOJ Recovery Act funds. The OIG is undertaking a series of actions to review DOJ’s Recovery Act activities, including providing Department officials and grant administrators with advice and training on improving the grant management process in an effort to prevent fraud or misuse of the funds. In addition, the OIG is examining DOJ funds awarded through the Recovery Act to determine if Department components are properly issuing and overseeing Recovery Act funds and if grantees are appropriately using Recovery Act Funds.
Training Opportunities and Materials
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General regularly provides grant fraud awareness training to DOJ employees and to recipients of DOJ grant funds and other groups involved in the management or oversight of such funds. In response to the $4 billion in grant funding that DOJ is receiving pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), the OIG has increased its efforts to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse related to Recovery Act and other grant funding by providing grant fraud awareness training and information to as many stakeholder audiences as possible.
The OIG developed a grant fraud awareness training curriculum tailored to issues arising under the Recovery Act. The OIG has presented this course to the Department’s grant managers and program, budget, and finance staffs to educate them about grant fraud risks and prevention and early detection strategies.
In addition, the DOJ OIG regularly participates in training events open to the public that focus on Recovery Act issues. The OIG currently has no scheduled training events.
For training materials related to grant fraud prevention, please see: