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Fraud Prevention and Detection in Government Procurement and Contracting

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Date(s): Mar 28, 2022 - Mar 29, 2022
Time: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Registration Fee: $399.00
Cancellation Date: Mar 21, 2022
City: Austin
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Parking Info:

Parking for SAO, Professional Development courses is in Garage B (1511 San Jacinto Blvd.). The Garage signage may read 1511 San Jacinto or Garage B. The elevator in Garage B is not reliable. If you are unable to walk the stairs, please contact the for alternate parking arrangements. Handicapped parking is free at the meters around the downtown area.

A course coordinator will Email you a parking permit prior to the course start date. A permit must be displayed or you will be ticketed.

Course Description

This program addresses the fraud risks inherent in government procurement and contracting, and will present solutions for auditors and managers interested in guarding their organizations against the costs and other negative consequences of misconduct and fraud in these high-exposure areas. Short on theory and long on practical ideas, the program will give participants the tools and techniques they need "on the job".

In this two-day version, extensive case example analysis and group discussion will highlight not only what can go wrong, but what participants can do about it in their own organizations.

Potential CPE Credits: 16.0
Govt Hours: This class meets 16.0 hours of the 24-hour requirement for governmental CPE under Government Auditing Standards (yellow book), in most cases.
Technical Hours: This class meets 16.0 CPE credits of technical training in compliance with Texas Admin. Code Rule 523.102.

Instruction Type: Live
Experience Level: ALL
Category: Auditing

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this facilitated case study course, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify and react to real world examples of fraud in government procurement and contracting

  • Create and maintain an anti-fraud procurement environment

  • Utilize the advantages and avoid the disadvantages of lump-sum, cost-plus, T&M, and unit pricing agreements

  • Better screen potential suppliers and contractors

  • Utilize examples of fraud in bidding and awarding contracts, subcontracts and supply orders

  • Manage fraud risks in construction contracting and billing

  • Avoid exposures in change orders and pricing

  • Making your Code of Conduct part of the 'deal' with third-parties

Detailed Course Outline

  • Anti-fraud controls and behaviors for procurement and contracting

  • How to create and maintain an anti-fraud procurement environment

  • How to screen potential suppliers and contractors

  • Why and how to audit suppliers and contractors

  • How to implement a Vendor Assurance Program

  • Effective audit steps for procurement and contracting

  • Steps for dealing with possible collusion, bid rigging, and price fixing

  • Steps for dealing with management resistance to an active procurement audit plan

  • Extensive case examples and group brainstorming


John Hall

John J. Hall, CPA is the President of Hall Consulting, Inc., the creator of, and the author of the award-winning book “Do What You Can! Simple Steps–Extraordinary Results”. He has been a business consultant, results coach, speaker and auditor for most of his 43-year career.  

Through live skills training programs, conference keynote presentations, business and personal results coaching, and business consulting engagements, John helps program participants and client team members:

 Identify and improve areas of exposure to business risk, wrongdoing, and fraud

·         Improve organizational and personal performance

·         Enhance the effectiveness of business processes and individual behavior

·         Improve interpersonal and communications skills

Speaking, training, coaching and consulting areas include:

·         Fraud Risk Management: prevention, deterrence, early detection and effective incident response 

·       Business keynote and conference presentations

·       Communication and interpersonal behavior skills programs, including:


o  Establishing business rapport and trust

o  Effective interviewing and listening

o  Speaking and presenting

o  Selling ideas and influencing others to take action

o  Leadership, collaboration and influence

o  Consulting skills for professionals


·         Intensive One-to-One and small group performance and results coaching

·         Board and senior management anti-fraud consulting

·         Audits of costs incurred in large construction projects and other contractor services

 In addition to operating his speaking, training and business consulting firm since 1990, he has worked in senior leadership positions in large corporations and international public accounting and consulting firms. 

John is a Certified Public Accountant (Pennsylvania). He is an active member of the National Speakers Association, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.


Meet John

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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