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Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

If at any time you become aware of fraud, waste, abuse, or any kind of wrongdoing under any SBIR award, please contact the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Inspector General (OIG).

The ED Office of Inspector General Hotline accepts tips from all sources about potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in Department of Education programs. The reporting individual should indicate that the fraud, waste and/or abuse concerns an SBIR grant or contract, if relevant. For more information, please visit the ED OIG Website:

The ED OIG toll free Hotline number is: 1-800-MIS-USED.

Training Resources for SBIR Applicants, Awardees, and ED Staff

Recipients of an SBIR/STTR award are expected to report known cases of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse to the ED's OIG. IES has worked with the OIG to develop training materials that define fraud, waste, and abuse; provide examples of each; and gives instructions on what to do if you suspect fraudulent activity, waste, or abuse. For more information, please consult the slides from the 2016 ED OIG presentation on SBIR Fraud Awareness here.

SBIR Fraud Cases

To date, no instances of fraud, waste, and abuse involving ED SBIR awardees have been reported. For this reason, we have no prosecutions to report. (Updated 11/29/2016).