HHS is the largest grant making agency in the Unites States. HHS provides grant awards through 12 Operating Divisions. Most HHS grants are provided directly to states, territories, tribes, and educational and community organizations. Grant dollars mut be used for their intended purpose, and awardees must account for costs and justify expenditures. HHS-OIG is responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse.
- Theft or embezzlement
- Misuse of grant funds
- Falsifying information in award applications (e.g. misrepresenting facts about qualifications or eligibility, personnel, facilities, or budget)
- Falsifying information in progress reports or other submissions (e.g. misrepresenting project status or results)
- Falsifying data or results, including research data
- Falsifying documents, such as time and effort records
- Billing for work that was not performed
- Billing for expenses not incurred as part of the award
- Compliance Training (American Indian/Alaska Native )
- Consumer Alerts
- Grant Self-Disclosure Program
- Whistleblower Protection Coordinator
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Fraud
HHS consistently funds the largest amounts of SBIR program award funds to small businesses to pursue innovative research and development ideas that have commercialization potential and meet research and development needs of the Federal Government.
Disaster Response Grant and Contract Compliance Resources
OIG senior staff discuss OIG's work on grant and contract vulnerabilities and how it relates to disaster response funding. Watch these short educational videos designed to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.
Spread the Word: Fight Grant or Contract Fraud
This downloadable poster can help spread the word about grant or contract fraud and what you can do about it.