Tag Archives: fraud

Coming Up! A Revised FAQ and Several Important Grants Events

Now that Labor Day has come and gone and many of us are back from our summer vacations, we can now look forward to September and ask the question, “What’s coming up in the near future for the grants community?”…

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Looking for Grants? Watch out for Phishing!

Scenario: You receive phone call or email from a purported federal employee, congratulating you on winning the grant and asking for your organization’s financial information so that you can pay to activate or qualify for the award…what should you do?

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How Data Analytics and the DATA Act Are Working To Tackle Improper Payments

We recently attended a forum on data analytics recently hosted by the Data Coalition. So, what do data analytics have to do with grants? It could mean a lot.

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Resist the Temptation To Lie on Grant Applications

As part of covering grants over the past decade, I can’t tell you how many conference sessions I’ve attended where, in discussing grant applications, the presenter has stressed that applicants should be truthful in presenting themselves and their organization. Don’t…

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Sneak Preview: Medicaid Exclusions Due to Fraud Rise in FY 2013

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) In fiscal year 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, in response to referrals from Medicaid Fraud Control Units, excluded a greater…

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Sneak Preview: States Given More Power To Curb SNAP Trafficking

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service is giving states more authority to halt the fraudulent use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, particularly for excessive…

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Sneak Preview: La. MCFU Aims To Submit Timely Referral Letters

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Louisiana State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has developed new procedures to ensure that it submits referral letters of substantiated fraudulent and convicted providers in a timely…

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Someone Forgot To Check the Books

One of the disturbingly interesting things I enjoy about my job covering grants management and single audits is those occasional meetings I attend where an auditor or investigator is discussing fraud, complete with examples of recent fraud cases. What really…

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Please Give Local Auditors Some Respect

I’ve seen it on TV shows several times. An official with a federal agency swoops in on the local police force or investigative agency and essentially takes over a major investigation, showing a fair amount of arrogance all the while…

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One Tragedy Has Spawned So Many Others

Hurricane Katrina caused so much devastation to lives and property when it roared through the Gulf Coast almost seven years ago. Unfortunately, attempts at recovery have been just as tragic as federal emergency funding has continued to go misspent.

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