Monthly Archives: May 2017

Virginia’s IG Shows How Online Forms Can Increase Hotline Submissions

Posted on May26, 2017
One of the most impactful ways to boost the effectiveness of an investigative agency is to increase the amount of tips coming into the office.  A well-staffed agency can increase their case resolution statistics proportionally to the number of cases coming into their office.  Even if your agency isn’t able to give as much attention to every case as you’d like, an increase in hotline submissions ensures that your agency has visibility into a wider range of problems, including major…
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Education Prevents Data Leakage

Posted on May21, 2017
Although investigative agencies’ primary role is to monitor behavior for impropriety and make recommendations on how to prevent it going forward, education can play a key role in preventing the bad behavior in the first place.  Not only does this save money, it also improves lives; education prevents agency employees who had no intention of hurting anyone from being punished for accidental bad behavior.   A recent article from Federal News Radio quotes Mark Kneidlinger of the Department of Homeland…
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The Importance of Defined, Consistent Processes

Posted on May12, 2017
The FBI has been in the news a bit more than normal this week. The agency has had an uncomfortable year.  While some new controversies were created recently, the biggest controversies are those which are months old, and have been brought to the forefront once again by recent events.  But regardless which FBI decision people are discussing, the conversation centers on a critical question:  were standard operating processes followed? When it comes to investigative agencies, many of the benefits of…
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IG Reviews of DATA Act Compliance

Posted on May05, 2017
In 2014, the DATA Act was passed, providing far easier access for citizens and journalists alike to examine government spending, and reducing the effort required for Inspectors General offices to deploy anti-fraud analytics software. The DATA act has two major deadlines: May 9th (of 2017) marks the date that most agencies are required to report standardized spending data to the Treasury Department, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the General Services Administration.  One year from that date, The…
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