The OIG's Office of Investigations, has taken a number of steps to help proactively combat fraud in projects receiving ARRA funds. Our most significant preventative measure is providing training through fraud awareness and prevention briefings with Federal, state and local officials who oversee and utilize ARRA funds.
The focus of these efforts is to ensure that stakeholders are aware of who we are and what we can do to help them maintain the integrity of ARRA funds. During our briefings we provide examples of common fraud schemes, such as collusive bid rigging, disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud, product substitution, time and materials overcharging, bribery, kickbacks and conflicts of interest. Briefings are primarily conducted in-person, but we have also conducted webinars, webcasts, and video conferences.
To date we have conducted approximately 320 training sessions to Federal, state and local individuals and industry representatives in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A copy of our fraud awareness and prevention training presentation is available below.