Fraud Hotline:

9-Year GAO Fraud Hotline Summary

OGC/OSI-88-1FS: Published: Apr 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1988.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

In response to a congressional request, GAO summarized its operation of the GAO Fraud Hotline for the past 9 years.

GAO objectives and goals were to: (1) operate a toll-free hotline that anyone in the United States could use to report allegations of fraud or abuse in the administration of federal funds; (2) refer any allegations to agency Inspectors General and ensure proper investigations and corrective responses; and (3) provide assistance to federal, state, and local organizations in establishing their own hotlines. GAO found that, of the 13,992 calls that warranted further review: (1) 5,397 were reports of work-hour abuse, private use of government property, policy noncompliance, improper financial transactions, theft, or unnecessary equipment purchases; (2) 3,792 reported improper receipt of welfare, disability, social security disability, social security, or veterans benefits; (3) 2,681 reported improper expenditure of government funds, partial contractor performance, noncompliance with contract regulations, false grant and contract information, or property or funds theft; and (4) 2,122 reported tax cheating, bribery, and conflicts-of-interest. GAO also found that: (1) it closed 11,246 cases; (2) 146 resulted in legal action; and (3) there were convictions in 47 cases.

May 26, 2016

May 23, 2016

May 17, 2016

May 9, 2016

Apr 26, 2016

Apr 5, 2016

Feb 22, 2016

Feb 11, 2016

Feb 1, 2016

Looking for more? Browse all our products here