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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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,…

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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.…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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…

Friday, October 5, 2018

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…

Friday, September 7, 2018

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…