Fraud Indicators

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As a gesture of cooperation -- to other inspectors general and the procurement world in general -- the DoD inspector general's office has launched a Web site loaded with oversight tools.

"Knowledge is an important tool in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse," acting DoD IG Gordon S. Heddell says on the page. "In an effort to share that resource with others in our community, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense has launched a new web site titled 'Fraud Indicators in Procurement and Other Defense Activities.'"

"Internal controls can decrease the opportunities for fraud; however, they do not, by themselves, eliminate or prevent fraud. The web site is intended to assist in the detection of fraud by providing common fraud indicators in contracting and other areas susceptible to fraud. It provides tips in the scenarios for using data mining techniques and data analysis."

The site reaches from simple to complex. It helps define fraud. It has links to guidance for oversight pros. And it offers a variety of fraud scenerios, involving travel, war zones, health care and, of course, contracting.

If you use these tools and turn up fraud, waste or abuse -- or find examples of good government and efficient contracting -- please give us a call.

We're here in part to shine a bright light whenever we can.

By Robert O'Harrow |  November 12, 2008; 9:52 AM ET
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What a hoot!
The DoD IG is going to teach someone about detecting fraud!

Here's an indicator I'll bet Gordy left off his list:
examine any contract awarded by an Army contracting office in Iraq to the contractor who is providing staffing support to Army contracting offices in Iraq.

That company was documented in the investigation by a General Officer as providing torture services at Abu Ghrayb,
but has that affected their government contracting business ?

In numerous audits, SIGIR and others, they couldn't even say how many contracts they had awarded, or at what prices, let alone who they went to or for what purpose. You want fraud indicators ? Will a smoking gun do ?

Posted by: BrianX9 | November 13, 2008 11:58 AM

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