The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides seed money to domestic start-ups, and small businesses so they can develop new and advanced technologies across a wide array of industries. OIG has found instances of fraud and waste in HHS's SBIR program. In this Eye on Oversight, Operations Officer Francis Montoya describes two fraud cases involving millions in SBIR grant funds being diverted for personal use.
Annually, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) prepares a summary of the most significant management and performance challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In 2013, Management Challenge 9 highlighted the challenges related to grant and contract funding.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) alerts the public to a new scheme: receiving "government grant money" as an incentive for paying taxes on time and providing personal or financial information. This scheme involves contact (by phone, email or letter) from someone pretending to be from a government agency, such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).