Head Start: Undercover Testing Finds Fraud and Abuse at Selected Head Start Centers Page: 10 of 30
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Employee Use of Vehicles
hardship and 3 students lived with relatives due to a temporary change in
guardianship. However, based on documentation we obtained from the
grantee, we could not determine whether the other 11 children were
correctly classified as homeless. Of these 11, it appears that 8 of the
students would have qualified for Head Start services because they met
another primary eligibility criterion. For three of the families, we were not
able to determine from the files whether they would have been eligible for
Head Start services under another primary eligibility criterion. By
extension of certain Head Start regulations, OHS officials told us that if a
child qualified for Head Start because it was determined that he or she was
homeless, the child would be eligible not only in the determination year,
but also in the following year, without the requirement that the child's
homeless status be re-verified. We did not independently verify whether
any of the 22 students were homeless.
Individuals we spoke with also alleged that numerous grantee employees
were allowed to use company vehicles for personal use at the expense of
the grantee, but we were not able to determine whether this allegation was
true. We were able to determine that the grantee did allow its employees
to drive the automobiles from their homes to Head Start centers.
According to regulations and an Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
circular, if the grantee allows employees to use vehicles owned by the
organization, only those vehicle costs associated with performance of the
Head Start grant may be submitted as allowable costs and reimbursed by
Head Start. We reviewed grantee policy as it related to vehicle record
keeping. We determined that grantee policy followed OMB policy and
stated that travel logs must be maintained as prescribed by the appropriate
supervisor. Grantee officials stated that a set amount was deducted from
employee paychecks to account for this benefit to the employees. Based
on a review of the grantee policy, we were not able to substantiate this
allegation. However, we did not review actual usage of vehicles to
determine if usage was in accordance with grantee policy or whether
employees accurately reflected their personal use in the records they were
required to keep.
Individuals we spoke with alleged that Head Start staff at a Midwest
Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program were inflating enrollment
numbers by counting children toward both grantee and delegate
enrollment numbers. We were able to substantiate that children were
GAO-10-1049 Head Start
Here’s what’s next.
This report can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Report.
United States. Government Accountability Office. Head Start: Undercover Testing Finds Fraud and Abuse at Selected Head Start Centers, report, September 28, 2010; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296264/m1/10/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.