GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service Team
Posted on April 24, 2014
GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on the Forensic Audits and Investigative Service (FAIS) team, which focuses on the identification and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse across the federal government. FAIS is unique within GAO because in addition to auditors and analysts, it includes a team of criminal investigators that perform special investigations and security assessments. FAIS also maintains FraudNet, an online system where federal employees, contractors, and members of the general public can report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds. Reports FAIS’s work includes three main types of assessments:
- Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Audits
- [caption id="attachment_771" align="alignright" width="400"] Counterfeit birth certificates FAIS investigators used to obtain genuine driver’s licenses.[/caption] Special Investigations
- Security/Vulnerability Assessments
Excerpted from GAO-13-733We compared security clearance data from the Office of Personnel Management with tax debt data from the Internal Revenue Service and found that about 8,400 out of 240,000 individuals judged to be eligible for a security clearance from April 2006 to December 2011 had tax debt. Among them, they owed approximately $85 million in unpaid federal taxes as of June 2012. We recommended that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence study the feasibility of regularly obtaining tax debt information from IRS for the purposes of investigating security clearance applicants and monitoring current clearance holders' tax-debt status.
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