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Peace Corps Office of Inspector General Receives Award for Excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General (OIG) received an Award for Excellence at the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s (CIGIE) 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony held virtually October 13.

Each year, CIGIE’s Awards highlight the outstanding achievements of inspector general staff from across the federal government, including numerous examples of strong interagency cooperation among offices of inspector general to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in government programs and operations. CIGIE presented the Award for Excellence in Evaluations to a Peace Corps OIG team for its “exemplary and timely evaluation of Peace Corps Comoros.” In January 2019, a team of evaluators identified critical improvements needed for volunteer health and safety support.

Thanks to the outstanding work of OIG’s evaluation team, Peace Corps Comoros made key improvements to its volunteer site identification and approval practices and improved medical emergency response support for volunteers. The OIG said continued implementation of recommendations should have a positive impact on post operations and volunteer health and safety. Assistant Inspector General for Evaluations Jerry Black and Evaluator Alexandra Miller received the award.

Inspector General Kathy A. Buller stated, “The award our team received today exemplifies the outstanding work performed by Peace Corps OIG to help keep volunteers safe and healthy. I am so proud of our team and their efforts in exemplifying our motto: ‘Together we make a better Peace Corps.’”