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

    If you’re a Federal government employee, you’ve probably aware that 1/3 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,…

  2. 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….

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. #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…

  6. Process and Consistency Are Your Best Protection

    Investigative interviewers understand the pressure of being a subject in an investigation.  For the innocent, it can lead them to take counter-productive actions like refusing to talk or lashing out at the investigator.  For the guilty, it can cause them to slip up and get caught in their lie. Investigators also understand the pressure that…

  7. The Very Real Danger of Unpunished Fraud Multiplying

    Government investigators work hard every day to identify fraud for an obvious reason.  By removing employees who commit fraud and seeking the return of illegally gained money, they are protecting taxpayer dollars.  The results of these efforts (along with efforts to reduce waste) are available for any citizen to see, in dollars and cents, on…

  8. Inspectors General Protect Against More than Waste

    A major part of an Inspector General’s work is to prevent the government from losing money to fraud or using it inefficiently.  While IG reports have always highlighted the millions of dollars saved by the hard work of IG offices, Oversight.gov has taken this to a new level by aggregating this data for federal offices. …

  9. There’s No Time for a Case Handover!

    One of the most morbid statistics in business management is the bus factor.  This name is a reference to the question “How many people would have to get hit by a bus before this project stalls due to a lack of knowledge?” Of course, people are rarely unfortunate enough to get hit by a bus….

  10. Inspectors General and the Perception of Independence

    Unfortunately, the United States is more politically divided than it has been in recent history.  One of the effects of this is that fewer people trust the objectivity of government officials.  If a report criticizes a member of the party a person supports, too often that person assumes that government official is playing for the…