Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in U.S. Department of Education Programs

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    Each year, unscrupulous people steal or intentionally misuse ED funds— Federal student aid, special education money, or Title I funds to school districts with low-income families. They intentionally abuse ED programs, unlawfully access ED computer systems and databases, or use ED funding to support terrorism. We need your help to stop them.

    We are Investigation Services within the ED Office of Inspector General. We investigate alleged criminal and civil wrongdoing by entities and individuals involving ED funds and programs. This is no small task, as ED administers more than 120 programs, and its program participants and funding recipients include virtually all States and territories, school districts, schools, colleges and universities, other education services providers, and more than 13 million student aid and loan recipients each year.

    You Can Help by Reporting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse to the OIG

    We need people like you to help us stop the crooks who look to line their pockets with ED funds. You can help identify suspected wrongdoing by ED employees, contractors, grantees, schools and school officials, lending institutions, collection agencies, recipients of financial assistance, and others who engage in student aid fraud.

    If you notice one or more of these indicators, report your suspicions to the OIG Hotline—a 24-7 service that accepts tips, complaints, and allegations from all sources about possible theft, fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, public corruption, or whistleblower reprisals involving ED programs, operations, or funds.

    You may also call toll-free or write to the OIG:



    Inspector General Hotline

    U.S. Department of Education

    Office of Inspector General

    400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

    Washington, D.C. 20202

    You may make a report anonymously or in confidence.

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