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Definitions of Fraud, Waste & Abuse

Fraud: is defined as wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. Fraud includes false representation of fact, making false statements, or concealment of information; offer, payment, or acceptance of bribes and gratuities; submitting false claims; and conspiring to use any of these devices. The term also includes conflict of interest cases, criminal irregularities, and the unauthorized disclosure of official information relating to procurement and disposal matters.

Waste: is defined as the extravagant careless or needless expenditure of Government funds, or the consumption of Government property that results from deficient practices, systems, controls, or decisions. The term also includes improper practices not involving criminal behavior.

Abuse: is defined as the intentional or improper use of Government resources that can include the excessive or improper use of one's position in a manner contrary to its rightful or legally intended use. Examples include misuse of rank, position, or authority or misuse of Government resources for oneself or another.

Types of Complaints to Report

Submit tips and complaints here about potential fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funding relating to the coronavirus pandemic response, including the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.        

Examples of funding or activities you might report about include: 

  • Fraudulent lending or borrowing involving any of the lending CARES Act programs (SBA, PPP, Emergency Lending)
  • Ineligible or fraudulent stimulus and unemployment funding recipients
  • Mismanagement or fraud relating to healthcare funding and aid distributed through State, Local and Tribal Governments.
Reporting Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblowers should never be subjected to retaliation for reporting wrongdoing. If you believe you have been retaliated against because you disclosed wrongdoing, the options available to you depend on your specific place of employment and the type of alleged retaliation. Please refer to the following site for additional resources: