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EAC OIG Commencing Audits of $380 Million Election Security Grant Funds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 8, 2019

Silver Spring, Md. – On Friday, Nov. 1, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year 2020 OIG Audit Work Plan. The plan includes audits of six states’ election security grant funds, which were part of the $380 million grant funding Congress appropriated in 2018.

The OIG chose the grant funds of Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and West Virginia to be audited. The OIG selected the states based on an audit risk analysis that considered neutral factors, applied to all 55 of the grant recipients. The analysis considered elements such as award amount, expenditures, and results of the OIG’s previous audits of HAVA funds in each state or territory.

The public accounting firm, McBride, Lock & Associates, LLC from Kansas City will be conducting the audits on behalf of the OIG. The firm has performed around 20 HAVA grant fund audits for the EAC OIG in the past. For this first round, the audits will focus on how the states spent the grant funds.

The EAC OIG is an independent division of the EAC. The OIG was created in 2005 and operates under the authorities vested in it by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the Inspector General Act of 1978.

  • The mission of the OIG is to enhance the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of EAC’s operations by:
  • Conducting audits, reviews, evaluations and assessments of EAC programs and operations;
  • Detecting and preventing fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement of EAC programs;
  • Promoting better EAC management;
  • Preserving and protecting EAC employee and program integrity; and
  • Communicating with the Commission and Congress to keep them fully informed of the status of EAC administration and operations, and the need for and progress of corrective actions.

To learn more about Fiscal Year 2020 OIG Audit Work Plan, please email us at eacoig@eac.gov or call us at 1-866-552-0004.  

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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as administers the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit www.eac.gov.

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Phone: 1-866-552-0004
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