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Green Grants and Grantees are now in #GFPFE crosshairs and there is no bag limit

The Economist’s handy graph showing the breakdown of the Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget shows in stark budgetary terms what US government agencies are facing.  I have reviewed the proposed budget and have concluded that it is the strongest indicator yet that the Trump Administration intends to reinvigorate Grant Fraud and Procurement

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People for People, DOJ-OIG and #GFPFE

By Bradford.Geyer@FormerFedsGroup.Com Changes in enforcement priorities dictate when grant irregularities are referred to enforcement agencies.  This case involving People for People (PFP) provides a good example of that principal.  In reviewing the reports and correspondence, it appears that the matter remained bottled up in DOJ OIG-Audit.  Had

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Trade Risks (Part 3): Trade Preference Programs 

by Janet Labuda In recent hearings on Capitol Hill, Peter Navarro of the National Trade Council talked about the need for free, fair, and reciprocal trade agreements. According to Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, the United States, Canada, and Mexico will engage in discussions to modernize the

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#GFPFE: USAID IG Barr and State IG Linick testifying at 10 am on enforcement issues

State IG Linick pioneered #GFPFE efforts for USDOJ when he co-founded the National Procurement Fraud Task Force and was instrumental in getting the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force stood up  before becoming the first IG for FHFA-OIG (nominated by Presidents Bush and Obama).  After building that agency

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Chemical Company and Its Owner Sentenced for Rebate Scheme, False Statements to U.S. Customs

This is not your typical trade compliance case.  Obviously, trade compliance issues are usually easy to address on the front end.  But this worst case scenario event is instructive. In reviewing this case, the sad part is that most of what was accomplished illegally could have been

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Not Your Typical Red Notice Case

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 7, 2017 ZTE Corporation Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay Over $430.4 Million for Violating U.S. Sanctions by Sending U.S.-Origin Items to Iran Combined Penalty of $1.19 Billion with Department of Commerce and Department of

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Compliance: what are the trade risks (Part 2)

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com In 2008, while I was still working for U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) on international trade enforcement, information kept arriving from other governments, as well as from the U.S. import community, alleging that textile products were being undervalued on the entry documents submitted to Customs.

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Procurement Fraud and Grant Fraud enforcement programs are likely to be revitalized by the Trump Administration.

It’s no shock that a political change in the Executive Branch leads to an increase in grant fraud and procurement fraud enforcement. The reason? There is low risk in scrutinizing grants and contracts awarded by the outgoing administration. Whatever shenanigans are discovered by a new Administration will

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Department of Energy OIG Enforcement under a Trump Administration

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States Government. Its responsibilities include the nation’s nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. It also directs research in genomics; the Human Genome Project originated in an iniative between DOE, NIH and international collaborators. 

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Compliance: what are the trade risks (part 1)

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Over the last few weeks, I have written a series of short articles discussing the need for developing a compliance-based approach to transacting international trade. This will help to prepare your organization to effectively deal with the risks inherent in importing. What are these risks

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