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Fraud in Grants

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Date(s): Jul 22, 2021
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Registration Fee: $179.00
Cancellation Date: Jul 15, 2021
Location: Online

Course Description

Fraud has always been prevalent in grants. With fraud on the rise, auditors need to be diligent about identifying fraud. Remember questioned costs, which fraud certainly are, must be repaid by the Pass Through entity regardless of whether it is recouped from the grantee. In this class we’ll discuss trending fraud grant schemes and how to identify them. Fraud is always a law enforcement issue. Learn when to contact law enforcement and your granting for investigative support.

Potential CPE Credits: 2.0
Govt Hours: This class meets 2.0 hours of the 24-hour requirement for governmental CPE under Government Auditing Standards (yellow book), in most cases.
Technical Hours: This class meets 2.0 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

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

         Identify fraud schemes

         Make subtle changes to their work programs to reduce fraud risk

         Determine when to contact and inform their granting agency

         Determine when to contact and inform law enforcement



Basic understanding of subrecipient or grant contract monitoring.


Government Hours: 4.23(h)


Mara Ash

Mara Ash, CIA, CGAP, CGFM, CMRA; Senior Partner and CEO, has over 25 years of operational and audit experience in the government and private sectors, would be ultimately responsible for the execution of this contract, all work, reports and quality of services rendered. Her career includes senior finance and consulting positions serving government agencies at all levels of government – federal, state, and local. Her unique experience with both public and private sectors brings a wealth of knowledge and innovation which enables BFS to provide cost-effective, innovative solutions. Her expertise covers the crucial elements of business and financial operations that create strategic alignments, enhance transparency, cultivate sustainable growth, and ensure compliance.

She is a federal compliance and grants expert, with in-depth experience building programs and processes that align agency objectives with regulatory requirements. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), where she has held various leadership positions. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Internal Auditors Public Sector Audit Committee. Mara believes in success built on efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. Her goal is to help organizations improve service delivery, ensure compliance, enhance transparency, and reduce costs.

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.

The course coordinator will contact you with parking information. Handicapped parking is free at the meters around the downtown area.

Vending machines with Coca-Cola products and various snack items are available. There is also a refrigerator and microwave in our coffee bar area. Feel free to bring in your own drinks and food if you prefer.

You might want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as room temperatures vary.

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