The Office of the Federated States of Micronesia Public Auditor and the Office of Pohnpei State Public Auditor combined forces in November to execute the Fraud Awareness Flexible Funding project. The project is coordinated through the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman (OCO), and funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as part of the Pacific Governance and Anti-Corruption program.
FSM’s Office of the Public Auditor’s (OPAs) objective is to raise public awareness through their community outreach program by educating the entire community, inclusive of government departments, on the impact of fraud, corruption and suspicious activities. The OPAs aim is to empower the community to be able to identify and correctly report these activities supporting the prevention of fraud and corruption.
Promotional materials including, t-shirts, posters, bumper stickers and lanyards have been received and distributed amongst five offices by FSM OPA and Pohnpei OPA. New office signage have been installed at both FSM OPA and Pohnpei giving the offices more visibility, with the signage for Chuuk, Yap and Kosrae to be shipped installed imminently.
The program to date has been a success. Things will be wrapped up once the promotional video, which is currently in the editing and translation phase, has been distributed and a draft evaluation requesting audience feedback on their perception of the program has been completed.