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Head Start: Action Needed to Enhance Program Oversight and Mitigate Significant Fraud and Improper Payment Risks

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Office of Head Start
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of OHS should perform a fraud risk assessment for the Head Start program, to include assessing the likelihood and impact of fraud risks it faces. (Recommendation 1)

In February 2020, HHS told us that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is developing a Fraud Risk Assessment template for all of its programs, including the Office of Head Start (OHS). Upon completion of the Fraud Risk Assessment for the ACF pilot program, ACF anticipates completing its initial Fraud Risk Assessment for OHS. As of March 2021, ACF told us they are on track to complete the initial Fraud Risk Assessment for OHS by the end of 2021. We will assess these actions once completed.

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