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  1. Investigators: Establishing a Pattern of Facts

    One of the most important jobs of an investigator is to establish a pattern of facts.  Multiple witnesses reporting the same sequence of events bolsters confidence in the accuracy of the claim.  Finding the same error at multiple locations establishes an agency-wide challenge.    And multiple instances of the same behavior help establish an intent to…

  2. What If an Investigator Gets Hit By a Bus

    There’s a term in business management and software development called the “bus factor.”  It’s a morbid way of referencing a critical component of any well-designed process: How many people would have to be hit by a bus before it stalls or falls apart because there aren’t enough people who know how to push it forward?…

  3. Government Investigations: Process Plus Consistency Equal Confidence

    Investigative agencies save taxpayers billions of dollars every year.  More important than even the money saved, however, is the fact that it gives taxpayers confidence in the administration of the agencies that they fund.  Without this confidence, they likely wouldn’t support funding even the most critical government agencies. Taxpayer confidence comes from the belief that…

  4. Improving Workplace Culture – Infographic

    If you haven’t spent time thinking about your culture, you should. Workplace culture is one of the biggest determinants of productivity and team success. We created an infographic that highlights four ways that you can positively influence your workplace culture. Click or tap the picture below to view the infographic.

  5. Morale in the Morass: Why People Do Hard Things

    From government shutdowns to high senior-level turnover, state and federal government employees face some of the most challenging environments they’ve ever faced.  This is the second post in a two-part series on how to keep investigative agency employees’ morale high despite these distractions, so your agency can work efficiently and retain its most experienced staff. …

  6. Morale in the Morass: Focus on the Team, Focus on the Mission

    From government shutdowns to high senior-level turnover, state and federal government employees face some of the most challenging environments they’ve ever faced.  This is the first post in a two-part series on how to keep investigative agency employees’ morale high despite these distractions, so your agency can work efficiently and retain its most experienced staff….

  7. What Happens to a Country’s Economy When It is Considered Corrupt?

    For the first time in 8 years, the United States didn’t place in the Top 20 least corrupt countries in the world in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index.  Unlike many other measures of corruption, this one relies not only on the opinions of governmental experts, but also the opinions of business executives when assigning…

  8. How Do Your Agency’s Fraud Statistics Compare to The Private Sector?

    The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners released their 2018 biannual report a few months ago.  It’s the tenth edition of what the ACFE calls the “most comprehensively and widely quoted source of occupational fraud data in the world.”  The report covers both public and private sectors, and the key findings were very interesting because of…

  9. Three Problems with a Passive Manager

    If you’ve ever had a micromanaging boss, you know how liberating it can be to land in a job where a manager asks you to do something and then actually trusts you to do it.  Being over-managed can make you feel unproductive, untrusted and unvalued.  Being passively-managed comes with its own set of challenges, however. …

  10. How Corrupt is Your State’s Government?

    When it comes to government corruption, there are plenty of ways to judge its impact.  There’s the known, direct financial impact – such as money stolen from government accounts.  There’s the unknown direct impact – such as when a contract is switched from competitive to sole-source to benefit a friend or in exchange for a…