July 16, 2021
Washington, DC – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year 2021 OIG Audit Work Plan including audits of eight states’ HAVA grant funds. The audits will cover state expenditures of 2018 and 2020 Election Security grants, 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants, and any state expenditures from grant funding issued prior to FY 2011. These audits encompass $1.23 billion which make up 17% of total HAVA funds.
The OIG identified Arizona, California, Delaware, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington to be audited. The states were selected by the OIG based on an audit risk analysis that considered neutral factors, applied to all 56 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, MO will be conducting the audits on behalf of the OIG. The firm has previously performed HAVA grant fund audits for the EAC.
Information on previous EAC OIG audits are available on the EAC’s website: HAVA Fund Audits
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:
- Protecting the federal investment in the administration of U.S. federal elections,
- Promoting economy, efficiency, and integrity in EAC programs and operations,
- Effectively communicating recommendations for improvement, and
- Ensuring effective and efficient OIG operations.
To learn more about Fiscal Year 2021 OIG Audit Work Plan, please email [email protected] or call 1-866-552-0004.
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.
Contact: Kristen Muthig
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