Monthly Archives: April 2017

Three Ways to Encourage Ethical Behavior in Any Organization

Posted on April24, 2017
While investigations and audits play an important role in preventing wrongdoing in an agency, the best way to ensure ethical behavior is to promote it and to build a culture around it.  Research from the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, for instance, shows that employees at large companies with effective ethics programs are only half as likely to observe misconduct when compared with employees at companies without ethics programs. With this in mind, here are three things organizations can do to…
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Recent Fraud Exposes Lack of Public’s Understanding of IG Offices

Posted on April18, 2017
Recently, there have been reports of a recorded message scam where someone poses as a representative of the Social Security Inspector General's office and warns that benefits have been suspended.  People who call the scammer back are told there is a warrant for their arrest and they should pay money to get it removed. As disgusting as it may be to prey on the elderly in this way, it’s also a reminder of how many people don’t understand the role…
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Providing Confidence to Whistleblowers

Posted on April12, 2017
Whistleblowers are protected by dozens of federal whistleblower laws, and most states have whistleblower protection laws, too.  Yet 20% of federal employees believe they’ll face reprisal for reporting wrongdoing.  What can your office do to assure employees they’ll be safe if they report wrongdoing to you? Communicate informant protections – People submitting complaints are protected by various laws, depending on the agency receiving the complaint.  Communicate, in plain English, the laws protecting whistleblowers and the specific situations where their identity…
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Boosting the Productivity of Your Traveling Investigators

Posted on April05, 2017
If your office has field investigators, you’ve likely run into technical challenges that stifle productivity.  Most offices have technology that’s designed to work well in the office – how well it works outside of the office varies dramatically from office to office.  Here are a few things you can do to make sure your traveling investigators aren’t being held back by technology. Provide plenty of cellular data on a strong network – Wireless networks seem ubiquitous, but they aren’t.  Investigators…
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