Monthly Archives: March 2017

Training the New Generation of Investigators

Posted on March31, 2017
The following is a guest post from Mark Anderson, Director of Training and Development with Anderson Investigative Associates.  AIA specializes in customized training for audit, evaluation, inspection, investigation and human resources professionals. Mark is a retired Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (DOJ/OIG) who served as a Program Manager and Instructor at the Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy (IGCIA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in…
Read more at FedTech Magazine
Tags:

Does Your Investigative Team Qualify as a “High Morale Team?”

Posted on March23, 2017
When your office is charged with investigating the agency you are a part of, you are at best looked at warily by the rest of the agency you oversee.  This can make positive employee morale especially challenging in investigative offices.  In order to keep staff morale high, the investigative team must focus on it even more extensively than most other agency groups.  Here are five tips to accomplish just that. Don’t Allow Toxic Personalities in Your Office. People who are…
Read more at FedTech Magazine
Tags:

Vacant Positions, Hiring Freeze Holding Federal IGs Back

Posted on March17, 2017
Any presidential transition causes disruption to the government, as new presidents have to appoint literally thousands of new executives across the entire range of federal agencies.  But with the pace of appointments running behind other transitions, and with so many major initiatives being pursued early in the presidency, the current slowdown is more pronounced than usual. Beyond the transition, however, there are two other major factors which are holding federal IGs back from being as effective as they could be.…
Read more at FedTech Magazine
Tags:

Recognize Excellent Investigators If You Want To Keep Them

Posted on March10, 2017
According to a Gallup study from several months ago, only one in three employees strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for any of the work they had done over the past week.  This is a bad sign for retention - employees who don’t feel recognized are twice as likely to say they plan on quitting their jobs within a year. Do your investigators feel like their contributions are appreciated and respected?  Here are a few tips on acknowledging…
Read more at FedTech Magazine
Tags:

Does Your Investigative Team Have a Strong Decision-Making Process?

Posted on March03, 2017
The publicly-available reports detailing an investigative agency’s results can make the work of an investigator seem black and white: a certain number of cases were opened, a percentage of those were substantiated, and a smaller percentage were referred for prosecution.  In-between each of those steps, however, are a number of grey areas where investigators must make tough decisions.  Does the team have enough evidence that a minor complaint should be dropped because it can’t be substantiated?  Is the evidence in…
Read more at FedTech Magazine
Tags: