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OPM officials told The Washington Times they have worked to correct the mistakes and are set to implement a number of changes that will prevent fraud in future campaigns.

Donors and charities will have easier access to see how much money is going to pay overhead compared to what is being received by the charities. And officials said they have improved the way the money is collected and processed, which they hope will save $10 million a year on expenses.

“The CFC division of OPM has been working diligently over the last few years to bring the program into the 21st century and to address some of the issues raised about the campaign in the past, including excessive overhead costs by some local campaigns,” an OPM spokesman said. “The new rule will go far toward reforming the program and giving it a solid footing for the future, one that federal employees can have confidence in.”

“These changes will also ensure that the greatest amount of contributions go directly to the charities and causes selected by federal donors,” current OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a statement in April. “It also will go a long way to ensure that every charitable dollar and campaign expense is visible to charities and donors through every step of the process.”

After the D.C.-area waste was revealed by the IG in 2012, then-OPM director John Berry tried to rein in the excesses that had been uncovered, and sent a letter to the local CFC organizers reminding them that “OPM has never authorized CFC campaigns to charge for the expenses of entertainment, either at special events or on any other occasion.”

Likewise, he said that the program “did not authorize the expenditure of funds that would otherwise go to charity for meals served as a convenience to members” of groups administering CFC programs.

When the money makes it to the charities, auditors say it does good work. In 2012 — the most recent year data is available for — federal employees donated $258.3 million. The money is estimated to help more than 25,000 charities each year.

Since the campaign’s creation in 1961, OPM estimates it has donated more than $7 billion to charities across the country.

Each employee gives money for the region of the country they’re in, and each campaign is run separately by local organizations.

But reviews of the CFC’s operations by federal auditors have been relatively infrequent. In February, the inspector general completed a review of central Pennsylvania, an area it hadn’t evaluated since 1991.

And sometimes even basic controls on the spending was lacking. Auditors found hundreds of thousands of dollars that — while not wasted — was kept so haphazardly that they were being credited to the wrong fiscal years.

Expenses incurred in 2007 were charged to 2008, and expenses from 2008 were charged to 2010.

*An earlier version of this story implied that the OPM IG’s investigation into possible waste in D.C. was ongoing. That is incorrect, as the audit has concluded. Instead, it should have said that oversight of the charity fund-raising campaigns across the country is an area the IG continuously oversees and evaluates.