Monthly Archives: June 2017

Investigators: Don’t Forget the Positive Facts!

Posted on June29, 2017
The primary goal of most agency investigators (including all Inspectors General offices) is to find and report negative activities – those contributing to fraud, waste and abuse.  That’s why investigators sometimes find themselves under fire from the agencies they oversee – their stated mandate is to ensure agencies stay on the up-and-up by reporting all of the instances when they don’t.   That doesn’t mean that investigators can’t highlight positive findings as well.  Stating an agency’s improvements or removing an…
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To Keep Costs Down on RFPs, Avoid Mission Creep

Posted on June23, 2017
As investigative agencies prepare to replace aging software with new software, they are often aiming to accomplish three major goals. They want software that is faster, more stable or more compatible with other new hardware or software entering the office. They want to gain new capabilities to allow their investigators to become more efficient, and to better align the software with any changes they’ve made since they last procured software. They want to purchase software that has higher levels of…
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Making the Case for New Technology

Posted on June17, 2017
Depending on where an agency sits within government, the difficulty of navigating a funding request through the procurement process ranges from moderately straightforward to extremely complex.  And while budget constraints are a major factor in procurement difficulty, they certainly aren’t the only one.  In cases where the procurement team deals with a wide range of request types, they may not understand the importance or urgency of software upgrades.  A 2016 report that some government agencies are still running Windows 3.1…
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Federal IGs Increasing Scrutiny on Agency IT Systems

Posted on June11, 2017
In the last year, the federal government has faced an unprecedented number of security challenges, including theft of employee data, national security secrets, and insecure voting machines.  While Inspectors’ General offices have been pointing out these types of security threats for years, they are raising the volume in the hopes that quicker action will be taken before something catastrophic happens.    Consider these three examples in just the last month: The VA OIG told Congress that agency’s data “may not…
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The Value of Employee Development

Posted on June06, 2017
If your team is overworked or facing budget shortfalls, it can be easy to push training off until a later time.  After all, a lack of training is unlikely to directly and immediately lead to a crisis.  Failure to complete cases or adequately staff your team, however, could lead to immediate consequences.  In a world of finite resources, this makes it easy to allocate training dollars elsewhere.   While the short term-effects might not be severe, however, the long-term effects…
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