Authority/Reference(s) Texas Government Code 531.102; Texas Office of Inspector General, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Revision Date July 8, 2022


When contract staff, or any agency staff, suspect that a contractor has committed fraud, waste, or abuse they must report the matter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Defining Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Fraud: Any act that constitutes fraud under applicable federal or state law, including any intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to that person or another person.

Waste: Practices that a reasonably prudent person would deem careless or that would allow inefficient use of resources, items, or services.

Abuse: Practices that are inconsistent with sound fiscal, business, or medical practices and that result in unnecessary program cost.