Fraud, Waste and Abuse Policy

Fraud Waste and Abuse Toolkit with Whistleblower Hotlines

Fraud Waste and Abuse Brochure

AGA Fraud Prevention Resources

Articles: Fraud Waste Abuse Awareness and Prevention (New)
Student Loan Fraud - Florida
Student Loan Fraud - California
Student Loan Fraud - Michigan

Surprising Information (New)
Detection of Fraud Schemes

Statutes: Personal Information, Internal Control and Fraud Related
Chapter 149 S.185 Retaliation against employees reporting violations of law or risks
public health, safety or environment; remedies

Chapter 268A S.28 State Ethics Commission online training programs
Chapter 647 of the Acts of 1989 - Internal Control Legislation 
Executive Order 504 - Order regarding the security and confidentiality of personal information 
MGL, Chapter 12A S.14 - Complaints by public employees; investigation
MGL, Chapter 266 S.37E - Use of personal identification of another; identity fraud; penalty; restitution 
MGL, Chapter 93H - Security Breaches 
Regulation 201 CMR 17.00: Standards for the protection of personal information
of residents of the Commonwealth

Know Your Rights Under the Recovery Act!

Did you know?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 20091 provides protections for certain employees of non-federal employers who make specified disclosures relating to possible fraud, waste and/or abuse or Recovery Act funds.

Who is protected?
Employees of non-federal employers receiving recovery funds. This includes State and local governments, contractors, subcontractors, grantees or professional membership organizations acting in the interest of recovery fund recipients.

How are Whistleblowers Protected?
You cannot be discharged, demoted or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for making a protected disclosure.

What types of disclosures are protected?
The disclosure must be made by the employee to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, an Inspector General, the Comptroller General, a member of Congress, a state or federal regulatory or law enforcement agency, a person with supervisory authority over the employee, a court or grand jury, or the head of a federal agency or his/her representatives.

The disclosure must involve information that the employee believes is evidence of:

• gross mismanagement of an agency contract or grant relating to recovery funds;
• a gross waste of recovery funds;
• a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety related to the
   implementation or use of recovery funds;
• an abuse of authority related to the implementation or use of recovery funds; or
• a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to an agency contract or grant awarded or
   issued relating to recovery funds.


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1Section 1553 of Division A, Title XV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5