The Claims Conference is an American organization composed of 25 international Jewish organizations, is subject to extensive oversight by the U.S authorities generally and by the German and Austrian authorities regarding funds provided by those governments, and all the details of its finances and activities are publicly available on this website.
The Claims Conference has a number of control mechanisms.
The Claims Conference is a body incorporated since 1952 in New York State.
As such, it is subject to the review and oversight of the office of the Attorney
General of New York State.
German Federal Audit Office
The German Federal Audit Office (Bundesrechnungshof) carries out regular audits of the Claims Conference compensation programs funded by the German government. Further, these programs are reviewed by the German Ministry of Finance on an ongoing basis in view of the source of these funds.
The Claims Conference is also subject to review by the Austrian government concerning Austrian government funds.
The Claims Conference does not handle any Israeli government funds and as such
is not subject to the oversight of any Israeli bodies. However, Claims Conference
allocations of funds of the Claims Conference Successor Organization are made
to amutot in Israel-all of which are under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Registrar
The Claims Conference also allocates funds to institutions which are under the supervision of Israeli Government ministries. These institutions are subject to the supervision of the Israel Government State Controller.
The Claims Conference is audited by the internationally recognized accounting firm, KPMG. A full copy of the audited financial statements is available on this website at: Claims Conference Financial Statements. (as is a list of all grants made by the Claims Conference).
Specific working reports and detailed recommendations are reviewed by the Control Committee which is composed of lay leaders.
In the event that any case involving fraud or unethical conduct by employees of the Claims Conference should occur, a special report of the General Controller on that matter would be issued and made public.
The Claims Conference General Controller will issue an annual report each year regarding his activity which will be made publicly available at the time of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors in July.