A person’s concerns about possible fraudulent or dishonest use or misuse of resources or property should be reported to the Secretary of the SCORE Board of Directors, whose contact information may be found in the SCORE Volunteer Center directories. If for any reason a person finds it difficult to report his or her concerns to the Secretary of the Board, the person may report the concerns directly to the Chair of the Board. Alternately, to facilitate reporting of suspected violations where the reporter wishes to remain anonymous, a written statement may be submitted to one of the individuals listed above.
Federal Guidance and Whistle-blower Hotline
You may not discharge, demote, or otherwise discriminate against any of your employees, which could include SCORE volunteers, as a reprisal for their disclosing to an authorized person or body as described in 41 U.S.C. § 4712(a)(2) any information that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of one of more of the following: gross mismanagement of the SBA grant to the SCORE Association; a gross waste of Federal funds; an abuse of authority relating to the grant; a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; and/or a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to Your grant.
Any SCORE employees (or volunteers) who believe they have been subjected to such a reprisal may submit a complaint to SBA’s Inspector General Hotline via the internet at www.sba.gov/OIG/Hotline, via telephone at 1-800-767-0385 (telephone), or via mail at Office of Inspector General, ATTN: Hotline, 409 3rd Street, S.W., Suite 7150, Washington, D.C. 20416. You must inform the employees (or volunteers) in writing of the rights and remedies discussed in this paragraph in the predominant native language of the workforce.