Monthly Archives: December 2016

High-Performance Investigative Teams – eBook

Posted on December26, 2016
Investigative offices are judged on both the quality and quantity of the casework they perform, which makes efficiency an important part of their success.  We've recently released an eBook to help your team improve efficiency and focus.  This eBook includes tactics that have been studied and proven to generate better team results, and many of these tips are quick and easy to implement. Click here to access this eBook.
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Improving Your OIG’s Results by Increasing External Engagement

Posted on December18, 2016
While many of the best tips to investigators come from employees of the agency they oversee, external tips are valuable as well.  This is especially true with fraud cases, where parties outside of the agency are often involved in the wrongdoing.  Here are a couple of ways to increase the public’s engagement with your investigative office. Make sure you are visible online The quality of websites for IGs (and other investigative offices) varies substantially.  Some sites are well maintained, with…
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The Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016 – All Means All

Posted on December09, 2016
One recent major impediment for Federal IGs completing their jobs is an opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel stating that IGs can’t access information that’s protected by privacy laws.  This includes grand jury testimony, credit information, wiretap information, and other similar sensitive data. This has only been corrected for a handful of agencies.  According to FCO, 66 federal Inspector Generals can still be blocked from accessing this data for the agency, potentially allowing them to hide behind these ‘sensitive…
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Maintaining the Independence of Your Inspector General’s Office

Posted on December02, 2016
  One of the most important traits of an IG office is its independence.  It can be very difficult to provide oversight for an agency if they have the ability to retaliate by cutting an IG’s funding.  But unfortunately, the relationship between an agency and its IG is often neither fully connected nor independent, but somewhere between the two.  While an IG reports to Congress, for instance, they often share resources, even if it’s just a building.  Even sharing a…
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