We are issuing the linked Advisory which summarizes common findings and recommendations from Quality Control Reviews of grantee financial statement audits for fiscal years ending 2022 and 2021. We strongly encourage you to use this notice to ensure independent public accounting firms conduct rigorous annual audits that meet applicable standards and Office of Inspector General audit guidance—and to better ensure the audits advance the ultimate aim of promoting program integrity, transparency, and accountability in the expenditure of federal funds.
This Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) advisory highlights (1) common fraud schemes and abusive practices committed by landlords, or individuals posing as landlords (impostor landlords), who are seeking to target current or prospective renters, (2) tips to prevent renter-related fraud, and (3) information on how victims should report fraud. We also cite useful guidance issued by our colleagues in the OIG community with significant expertise in housing and rental fraud.
As the digital landscape evolves and malevolent cyber actors continue to proliferate, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and its grantees are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. Since 2018, LSC and its grantees have been the victims of at least 48 cyberattacks, some of which resulted in monetary losses and compromised data. To mitigate the impact of a cyber incident, we strongly urge grantees to establish a comprehensive Cyber Incident Response Plan (CIRP). By developing and implementing a comprehensive CIRP, grantees can mitigate the impact of security breaches, protect sensitive…