Report Federal Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Mismanagement

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The Government Accountability Office maintains FraudNET to facilitate reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds.

In all cases, please provide as much detail as possible concerning the who, when, where, what, how and how much. You do not need to provide your name.

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Although it is not necessary, you may provide your name and address or pseudonym if you wish.

A field with an asterisk (*) is required.

E-mail address
First Name
Last Name
Street Address
City and State
* How do you wish to be identified?
* What federal agency is involved?
* In what area did the wrongdoing occur?
* Which best describes the subject of your allegations?
* The nature of your allegation is best represented by:

The following are examples of information you may be able to provide:

  • Type of federal funds or programs involved and any specific restrictions, rules, or regulations that relate to them.
  • What the individual(s) did. Include anything the individual may have done to avoid detection.
  • Names, positions, organizations involved in the activity, as well as the names of individuals involved. Include the name, address, and telephone numbers, if possible.
  • Date(s) of the misconduct or wrongdoing.

When providing information concerning contractor and/or grantee fraud, it is helpful to provide the:

  1. name and address of the sub- and primary contractors;
  2. nature of the wrongdoing (e.g., intentional misuse of funds for other purposes, cost mischarging, defective pricing, or conflict of interest);
  3. type of contract (e.g., fixed-fee or cost-plus);
  4. bid, contract, or grant numbers;
  5. date of the contract or grant award;
  6. name of the agency official responsible for the contract or grant; and
  7. cost and terms of the contract.

If the misconduct has been reported to another federal office, provide as much information as possible on when it was reported and who received the report.

Enter allegations you wish to send to the GAO FraudNET. Please also provide us with any special instructions about contacting you during the day.

About the Information You Submit

What information should I submit? Provide as much detail as possible. You do not need to provide your name.

What happens to information you submit? The FraudNet form is transmitted over a secure connection, and we safeguard all information against unauthorized disclosure.

How private is the information? We use Secure Sockets layer (SSL) and GPG (GNU Privacy Guard) encryption to protect the transmission of the information you submit. Please read FraudNet's Confidentiality Policy: Individuals who provide information on allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds may:

Provide information anonymously,
Provide information, provide your identity and contact information, and
request that your identity be protected throughout the investigative process, or
Provide information and provide your identity and contact information
with no restrictions.

We prefer that you provide a way for FraudNet analysts to contact you in case we need more information about your submission. The FraudNet policy is to honor requests for confidentiality and not to release information that would identify such individuals unless required to do so by subpoena. This has never occurred in the history of the GAO FraudNet.

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