The International Law Institute is proud to offer a one-week seminar entitled Procurement Integrity: Prevention, Investigation, and Prosecution of Fraud. Led by course advisors Ms. Sheryl Goodman and Mr. Tom Caulfield, the seminar will take place over live online sessions from September 13th to September 17th, 2021. Sheryl is the President of Procurement Integrity Consulting Services and has worked in law enforcement and criminal justice for over 30 years. Tom has spent over 38 years in federal government service and was formerly the Executive Director of Training for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that public procurement accounts for up to 30 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), making it the largest area of government spending. Corruption is believed to contribute to up to an average of 10-25 percent of a public contract’s value being lost. Hence, it is believed that public procurement is vulnerable to corruption and fraud and should be a primary concern for the integrity of public administration. Furthermore, corruption not only results in the loss of money, but also results in weakened institutions, eroded trust, and a lack of fair competition among the world economy. Due to the considerable amount of government spending that goes into public procurement as well as the consistent fraud that is seen across numerous studies, it is critical for everyone involved in public procurement to better understand how to identify, tackle, and prevent fraud.

In this seminar, Sheryl and Tom will highlight the critical information needed to better comprehend fraud in the field of public procurement. Sessions will cover the various types of fraudulent schemes that are seen today, the psychological profile of fraudsters, and a breakdown of the procurement process, including common weaknesses and controls that may be put in place to aid in the detection of fraud. Highlights of the program include several real-life case studies, where participants will have the opportunity to review prosecutions that have occurred and break down each individual case to discuss the perpetrator, the weaknesses in the procurement process, and more.

Tom and Sheryl work to customize this seminar for those who attend, working with specific laws from each country represented. The class will be tailored to address the laws of each attendant’s country of origin as well as how that may change their approach to procurement integrity. Sheryl and Tom will work with participants to engage them on public procurement laws in their home country to ensure that the seminar is relevant and applicable to all attendees.

The goal of this seminar is for participants to learn how to implement mitigation strategies and techniques to prevent fraud in public procurement. Upon completion, participants will know more about who commits fraud, when and where in the procurement process fraud is committed, and how to reduce corruption and fraud in public procurement.

Those who work in the field of auditing, who have oversight of contracts, and who work in the management of government expenditures are encouraged to attend this seminar. As Tom expresses quite comprehensively, fraud remains to be a critical financial issue within public procurement, and so, any individual who works with procurement or government spending would benefit immensely by learning more about how to identify and prevent fraud.

For more information on the seminar and the ILI course advisors, Ms. Sheryl Goodman and Mr. Tom Caulfield, please visit our website here.

 

By: Hannah Emberts