State of Maryland Settles with Feds After Alleged Misuse of AmeriCorps Funds

The State of Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV), a division within the Governor’s Office on Community Initiatives (GOCI), has agreed to pay the federal government $639,916 to resolve a civil False Claims Act investigation relating to the operation of its AmeriCorps program.

The two state entities are charged with administering funds to help AmeriCorps carry out its mission to engage citizens in service and volunteer efforts.

But according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, which announced the settlement today, GOSV and GOCI “engaged in widespread violations of the AmeriCorps grant requirements.