Our review found that the Peace Corps did not fully comply with applicable Federal requirements relating to cooperative agreements and lacked internal controls in making the award to Seed Global Health Services. Specifically, the Peace Corps did not have sufficient documentation to justify awarding the cooperative agreement without competition. This made the Peace Corps vulnerable to the perception of favoritism by obligating a total of approximately $7.5 million in Department of State funding to Seed Global Health Services. We found several weaknesses caused by insufficient controls: the lack of segregation of duties for a senior agency official, the lack of key policies governing cooperative agreements, poor file management and failure to obtain the necessary anti-lobbying certifications from Seed Global Health Services. This report makes five recommendations to help enhance controls over cooperative agreements.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
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