what can i do to avoid trouble ?
Report any irregularities early.
Correct any audit findings promptly.
Have a system of checks and balances.
Create and follow established procedures.
If you are a federal employee, you are duty bound to report Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
“Employees Shall Disclose
aste, Fraud, Abuse, and Corruption to Appropriate Authorities.”
5 CFR 2635.101(b)(11)
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general fraud indicators
General fraud indictors are applicable to many areas and not exclusively tied to grants. e list presented below is not meant to be all-inclusive and should not limit the consideration of other factors. Remember—if it doesn’t pass the “smell” test, something may be amiss.
❑ Missing, weak, or inadequate internal controls ❑ Management override of key internal controls ❑ Lack of written policies and procedures ❑ Overly complex organizational structure ❑ High turnover rate ❑ Reassignment of personnel ❑ Termination of key personnel ❑ “Missing” files, reports, data, and invoices (both electronic and paper) ❑ Photocopies of documents where it is dicult to detect alterations ❑ Missing approval signatures ❑ Lack of separation of duties ❑ Discrepancies in handwriting ❑ Delays in production of requested documentation
when good money goes bad • true stories of grant fraud at epa