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Government Investigative Agencies Blog

Friday, August 9, 2019

The recruiting challenge faced by government agencies is a tremendous one.  A March study by the National Association of State Chief Administrators found that government job posting rose 11% from 2013 to 2017, while the number of people applying for state jobs declined by 25%.  There are plenty of reasons; it is difficult to attract…

Saturday, July 20, 2019

For many employees, onboarding is the last step before they can begin their job.  It’s a deluge of paperwork, federally mandated workplace notifications, and agency-wide directives.  Sometimes, training videos are also required.  Once this process is completed, new employees can finally begin their job, meet their team, and learn about the reality of the job…

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Investigative teams such as Inspectors General offices, ombudsmen and ethics groups routinely produce excellent results.  That’s due in part to the dedication and persistence of the investigative staff on these teams. Exceptional results, however, also require great leadership.  This is especially true when investigative teams are under fire due to a politically sensitive investigation.  These…

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Inspectors General and other oversight offices spend far more time tracking fraud, waste and abuse than they do thinking about employee performance or motivation.  If you’re looking for predictors of future fraud, however, you could do worse than considering what motivates your agency’s employees to go to work each day. Several years ago, workplace research…

Monday, June 17, 2019

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…