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  1. Cybersecurity: More Ways to Protect Your Team

    This post is a continuation of “Cybersecurity: Don’t Wait, You Might Be Next!“, which outlines the new cybersecurity risks facing investigative agencies and provides ways they can insulate themselves from the loss or leakage of highly privileged information. #3 – Protect User Credentials Password requirements have gotten more complex over the years.  There’s a good…

  2. Cybersecurity: Don’t Wait, You Might Be Next!

    Government cybersecurity has been a concern for decades, especially at the federal level. The attention it has received in the past few months, however, is an order of magnitude higher than in recent history.  Recent cybersecurity threats (on two different fronts) have managed to capture much of the attention not devoted to pandemic response. The…

  3. Are Agency Employees Raising the White Flag? For Investigators, That’s a Red Flag.

    The government-wide Federal Employee Viewpoints Survey (FEVS) is still awaiting formal release by the Office of Personnel Management, but enough agencies have reported their individual results to recognize a pattern.  The biggest agencies are receiving low marks on the same items they did in previous years. According to FEDweek, some of the most negative responses…

  4. Buying Investigative Case Management Software? Ask References About These Five Things

    If your investigative agency is looking for a new case management system, you probably already know how hard it is to put together a list of all the features it needs in order to fully support your team.  There are multiple user types, multiple case stages and multiple case outcomes – and they all need…

  5. The Perils of “Custom” Case Management Software

    Because government fraud investigations are handled differently from agency to agency, it’s difficult to find a piece of software that “checks all of the boxes” for a specific investigative team.  Consumer-grade case management isn’t configurable enough to handle all of the different paths a case could take on its way to closure.  On the other…

  6. Spreadsheets Don’t Excel at Investigative Case Management

    Most government agency investigative teams use software to track, manage and report on their cases.  Some of these systems are built in-house or designed by a business process software company. Others are built specifically for investigative case management.  While investigative-focused software is most often the best fit for the needs of government investigative agencies, each…

  7. Massive Hack Brings Long-Maligned Federal IT Security into Focus

    It’s been 20 years since Dan Erwin’s famous quote that “The best way to get management excited about a disaster plan is to burn down the building across the street.” Federal Inspectors General must feel at least a little bit of that frustration after the elaborate compromise of SolarWinds’ Orion system. While the fallout of…

  8. The Perils of Being a Whistleblower

    Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission paid its largest ever whistleblower award of $114 million.  This is especially big news because a payment to a whistleblower almost never happens. In fact, other front-page whistleblower stories often end with the messengers having their lives wrecked. An infographic published in Popular Science in 2018 shows all…

  9. Keeping Sensitive Agency Data Secure Will Only Get More Difficult

    The pandemic has created more problems than small businesses can manage.  Many of them are focused on the most imminent challenges – helping employees work remotely and getting their product or service in front of a worried consumer.  Cybercriminals are taking advantage of their distraction and their newfound love of web-based communication to gain access…

  10. Pandemic Stimulus Anti-Fraud Mission Bolsters Federal OIG Teamwork

    There are 73 Federal Inspectors General, each working within their own agency to reduce waste and uncover fraud.  Offices do work together as members of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and on peer reviews, and they do refer cases to each other when appropriate, but the majority of their focus…