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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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. …

  4. 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…

  5. What Employee Misconduct and Fraud Trends Will Arise in 2019?

    The past year has seen some high-profile fraud cases, including the theft from the multibillion-dollar Malaysian public fund 1MDB by the country’s former prime minister. While that’s certainly a large number, a larger one can be found on Oversight.gov – federal government agencies reported more than $32 billion in savings identified by Inspectors General offices….

  6. Have You Heard That It’s Open Season For Government Fraud?

    If you’re a Federal government employee, you’re probably aware that one-third of that government is shut down.  Even if you aren’t a federal employee, the news has been hard to miss.  The news media has been tracking all of the employees that aren’t working, all of the ones that are working but aren’t being paid,…

  7. Recognizing Investigators for Their Successes

    The numbers on what percentage of companies offer a year-end bonus aren’t clear.  One study pegs the number at 63% of all businesses, while another says it’s only 35% of small businesses.  Regardless, millions of people will be receiving year-end bonuses, and millions of those bonuses will be based on their contributions to the company….

  8. Can an Investigative Agency Work Itself Out of a Job?

    The Inspector General Act of 1978 defines an Inspector General’s job as conducting and supervising audits and investigations, and keeping Congress informed of the problems and deficiencies they find. In reality, however, an IG office’s job goes beyond finding problems.  The same is true for other government investigative agencies. The true goal of an IG…

  9. Investigation Processes Should Enforce Themselves

    Investigations are dualistic.   Without the flexibility to follow the facts wherever they lead, an investigation is unlikely to reach the best version of the truth.  But without a predefined process, an investigation team is likely to hold different people to different standards.  Squaring this circle is part of the reason that all investigative agencies follow…

  10. #MeToo Hits the Federal Government Once Again

    There have been plenty of cases of inappropriate sexual behavior from federal officials over the past few years.  Some headlines read exactly like you’d expect (a representative who resigned after it was revealed he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint) and some are bizarre (another representative resigned after offering $5 million to…