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Semiannual Report to Congress October 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020, Office of Inspector General, U.S. AbilityOne Commission

Submitting OIG: 
Report Description: 
The theme of our Semiannual Report is “Invested in Success.” In the Semiannual Report, we address the pandemic effects; our completed work, including the Office of Inspector General (OIG) work with the Department of Defense (DOD) 898 Panel; the Top Management Challenges; our audit activities; educational visits to non-profit agencies (NPA); and reports issued. Our completed work relates to the future of the program and the focus on convergence of innovation and sustainability for the largest employment program in the country for blind and severely disabled workers. This Semiannual Report builds on our last one, “Steps to Start Up,” in which we described the compendium of tasks we completed to stand up the OIG. We report on the robust body of oversight work performed by the OIG, the most to date. We discuss the two performance audits of the program conducted by OIG: (1) an audit of the AbilityOne Program Fee; and (2) an audit of the Cooperative Agreements between Central Non-Profits and the Commission. We report on our goal of educational visits to the NPAs during the reporting period. In particular we highlight the visit to Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. in Seattle, where we learned about its deaf-blind program. OIG worked with DOJ OIG, Postal OIG and Oversight.gov to build a new website for OIGs hosted at Oversight.gov. Our OIG helped to pioneer this site as a representative of small OIGs, while DOJ served as the representative of larger OIGs. The new webpage capabilities will be available on line for the community this fall. In achieving the results reported this period, OIG is leveraging its momentum that includes important factors such as success with OIG outreach; the OIG webpage and populating its content; revolutionizing our presence across the government; our partnership with the oversight.gov initiative - an innovative, government-wide project across the IG community; the innovations and use of our knowledge-based center; and streamlining the OIG hotline center and portal for receiving complaints.
Short / Alternative Report Title: 
AbilityOne OIG Semiannual Report
Date Issued: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
SARC Start Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
SARC End Date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Location: 
Agency-Wide
Type of Report (Audit, Inspection / Evaluation, Review, etc.): 
Semiannual Report
Questioned Costs: 
$0
Funds for Better Use: 
$0
Number of Recommendations: 
26
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