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Procurement Consulting: Purchasing Fraud - Lessons Learned from Times of Crisis

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Date(s): Dec 02, 2020
Time: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Registration Fee: $329.00
Cancellation Date: Nov 23, 2020
Location: Online

Course Description

The presenter will discuss actual examples of procurement fraud schemes that are more likely to happen during the confusion of a crisis and will address how to detect them. This session is intended to be interactive and will involve a level of role play by the attendees.


Whether it’s a natural disaster, regional catastrophic event, severe economic down-turn, or global pandemic, the State of Texas faces crisis on an ongoing basis that impacts how its citizens are served. Unfortunately, in the midst and aftermath of these events, there will always be opportunities for individuals, organizations, and companies to exploit the State’s procurement system and processes. Whether its price gouging, price manipulation, confidence schemes, and others, procurement fraud takes many forms during trying times.


Potential CPE Credits: 8.0
Govt Hours: This class meets 8.0 hours of the 24-hour requirement for governmental CPE under Government Auditing Standards (yellow book), in most cases.
Technical Hours: This class meets 8.0 CPE credits of technical training in compliance with Texas Admin. Code Rule 523.102.

Instruction Type: Live
Experience Level: INTERMEDIATE
Category: 02 Auditing

Course Objectives

The purpose of this session is to review specific lessons learned as result of crisis and to identify key fraud indicators.


·         Overview of The Procurement Process – During and after a crisis

·         Evaluation of Procurement Policies

·         Collusion Among Contractors

·         Detection and Prevention during and after a crisis

·         Collusion and Bribery Involving Contractors and Subcontractors

·         Fraud in Procurement Without Competition

·         Legal Elements of Procurement Fraud

·         Bribery and Corruption

·         Collusion Between Contractors and Employees

·         Performance Schemes during and after a crisis

·         Vendor and Subcontractor Management

·         Investigating Procurement Fraud


No prerequisites required.

Government Hours: 4.23(u)


Jeffery White

Jeffery A. White, C.P.M. is the President and Executive Principal Consultant for J.A. White & Associates, Inc. He is a successful executive with a blend of over twenty five years of subcontracting, contracting, project management, and financial experience in both the private and public sectors. His experiences include CPSR consulting, supplier financial management, procurement compliance training, purchasing policy/procedures for governmental agencies, manufacturing plants, service organizations, and hundreds of suppliers across the U.S. and Canada.

Jeffery is a former adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University’s Lancaster and Harrisburg campuses. He is currently a consultant/instructor with The George Washington University (Washington, DC), teaching courses in the subcontract management, project management, and contracting programs. Jeffery has published numerous articles in professional purchasing-related publications such as Electronic Buyer’s News, NAPM Insight, Purchasing Today, and NAPM InfoEdge.

He is a noted international speaker for The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and other purchasing organizations, having presented topics at International Conferences, satellite seminars, and affiliate dinner meetings.

Jeffery’s work with NAPM on the development and teaching of the web-based course, “Fundamentals of Purchasing”, in 1999 earned him the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 1999 Education Award of Excellence for Technology-Based Education Programs.

Additional Information

TAC Rule 523.142(g) requires the CPE Sponsor to monitor individual attendance and assign the correct number of CPE credits. Participants will be asked to document their time of arrival and departure in compliance with this Rule. Additionally, attendance will be monitored throughout the day and CPE certificates will reflect actual attendance of each participant.

If you are making travel plans to come to Austin, we recommend making "refundable" air and hotel reservations or waiting until 14 days before the class to actually book your reservations. Courses are occasionally canceled or rescheduled due to low enrollment. We determine whether a course has enough participants 16 days prior to the course date. If we cancel or reschedule, we will email the participant and his or her billing contact no later than 14 days before the original class date.

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