WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 21, 2010 – The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General received two awards on October 19 for excellence from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE). Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Geoffrey Johnson, Senior Evaluator Susan Gasper, and Senior Special Agent Mark Supple received the Special Act Award for their work assessing the medical care provided to Volunteers in Morocco and a related inquiry into the quality of medical care provided to a specific Volunteer.

CIGIE also recognized former Assistant Inspector General for Audit Gerald Montoya, Expert/Consultant Jeffery Lee, and Senior Evaluator April Thompson for their performance audit of Peace Corps’ process for soliciting, awarding, and administering contracts.

“Although the two projects were unique in scope, both resulted in a commitment by Peace Corps management to implement recommendations that will significantly improve the operations of the agency” said Peace Corps Inspector General Kathy Buller.

The work on Morocco provided agency decision makers with critical information on Peace Corps’ management and operations. The work is serving as a catalyst for the significant reorganization and modification of the agency’s process for providing health care services to more than 7,600 American citizens currently serving as Volunteers world-wide.

The performance audit represents a significant contribution to enhancing and reforming Peace Corps contract management and administration practices to ensure they are more effective and efficient and comply with key federal laws and regulations.

CIGIE is a statutorily established independent entity within the executive branch representing 73 Offices of Inspector General in the federal government. CIGIE’s mission is to promote integrity, economy, and effectiveness in government agencies as well as to increase the professionalism and effectiveness of personnel in the OIG community.

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