Physiqueflex saidI did a search for you.....A series of national conferences cosponsored by USDOT and AASHTO aims to educate transportation professionals on ways to strengthen programs against fraud.Maximizing Transportation Investments: Collaborative Fraud Prevention and Outreach
Since you agree so adamantly, perhaps you can give us an example of said irresponsible mishandling and how much it could have saved us toward our transportation budget's shortfall.
by Barbara L. Barnet
a federally credentialed special agent (law enforcement officer) and OIG's national safety investigations program manager, responsible for monitoring and supporting criminal and civil safety-related investigative efforts throughout the United States. She coordinated the National Fraud Awareness Conferences in Orlando in 2006 and Chicago in 2008. Barnet has been with OIG since 1992.
and Monica E. Russell
Date: Mar/Apr 2009
As recent events have shown, "get rich quick" and fraud schemes abound. Like other organizations, Federal, State, and local governments also are the victims of bribery, fraud, and other types
of criminal activities. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government."
During the past 5 years, special agents from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) have spent approximately 40 percent of their time investigating allegations related to contract and grant fraud involving highway, transit, and airport infrastructure projects and activities. These efforts have resulted in 278 indictments, 235 convictions, 191 years of jail time for offenders, and more than $737 million in fines, restitution/civil judgments, and recoveries.
Investigating and working with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and others to prosecute fraud is an important part of USDOT OIG's mission; however, an equally important part is preventing fraud. Key to preventing fraud is education. The USDOT OIG and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) initiated a partnership in 2000 to host the Biennial National Fraud Awareness Conference on Transportation Infrastructure Programs and create opportunities to further educate transportation professionals and others about fraud. The conference highlights ways of detecting and preventing fraud and offers numerous general and breakout informational sessions of interest to transportation oversight providers at all levels of government, as well as industry. The most recent conference was held in the summer of 2008 in Chicago, IL.
Among those attending the 2008 conference were Ronald Brown, the acting contract compliance manager at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and a labor compliance specialist on his staff. These IDOT employees attended because they were investigating whether a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) was trying to circumvent regulations and possibly commit fraud. "We wanted information on how to proceed with the investigation and what some of the indicators of DBE fraud are," Brown says. "We learned to track documentation discrepancies and conduct forensic auditing of timesheets, payrolls, materials, and invoices."
More at the Federal Highway Administration websitehttp://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/09mar/03.cfm