Semiannual Report to Congress

April 1, 2009-September 30, 2009
Office of the Inspector General


Appendix 2

Glossary of Terms

The following are definitions of specific terms as they are used in this report.

Combined DNA Index System:† A distributed database with three hierarchical levels that enables federal, state, and local forensic laboratories to compare DNA profiles electronically.

Drawdown: The process by which a grantee requests and receives federal funds.

External Audit Report:† The results of audits and related reviews of expenditures made under Department contracts, grants, and other agreements. External audits are conducted in accordance with the Comptroller Generalís Government Auditing Standards and related professional auditing standards.

Internal Audit Report:† The results of audits and related reviews of Department organizations, programs, functions, computer security and IT, and financial statements. Internal audits are conducted in accordance with the Comptroller Generalís Government Auditing Standards and related professional auditing standards.

Questioned Cost:† A cost that is questioned by the OIG because of:† 1) an alleged violation of a provision of a law, regulation, contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or other agreement or document governing the expenditure of funds; 2) a finding that, at the time of the audit, such cost is not supported by adequate documentation; or 3) a finding that the expenditure of funds for the intended purpose is unnecessary or unreasonable.

Recommendation that Funds be Put to Better Use:† Recommendation by the OIG that funds could be used more efficiently if management of an entity took actions to implement and complete the recommendation, including:† 1) reductions in outlays; 2) deobligation of funds from programs or operations; 3) withdrawal of interest subsidy costs on loans or loan guarantees, insurance, or bonds; 4) costs not incurred by implementing recommended improvements related to the operations of the entity, a contractor, or grantee; 5) avoidance of unnecessary expenditures noted in pre-award reviews of contract or grant agreements; or 6) any other savings that specifically are identified.

Sole Source Contract: †Soliciting and negotiating with only one vendor.

Supervised Release:† Court-monitored supervision upon release from incarceration.

Unsupported Cost:† A cost that is questioned by the OIG because the OIG found that, at the time of the audit, the cost was not supported by adequate documentation.

 


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