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AGA Partnership Designs an Online Government Fraud Prevention ToolKit

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

In an era where public officials must do more with less, a group of federal, state and local government volunteers, brought together by AGA, today released a state-of-the-art, online resource designed to help officials at all levels of government to prevent, detect and deter fraud. The ToolKit will help promote program integrity at all levels of government.

View the ToolKit at www.agacgfm.org/tools/fraudprevention/.

The ToolKit contains a comprehensive array of tools, educational materials, PowerPoint Presentations and videos. It is organized in a manner that promotes education. Users can find tools by looking under business process, such as accounts receivable; program areas, like the Office of Management and Budget's high-risk programs; or by fraud type, such as bid-rigging.

It differs from other online resources because it specifically targets fraud within government. In addition, materials in the ToolKit have been vetted by experts from a cross section of disciplines. As a result, only the most helpful materials are included among the ToolKit's resources.

“By helping reduce fraud in government programs, more money can be made available for programs, services and infrastructure,” according to AGA's Executive Director Relmond P. Van Daniker, DBA, CPA. “The ToolKit not only advances AGA's mission of advancing government accountability, but it does so by providing a concrete resource that any level of government can use to deter fraud and improve government program outcomes.”

The ToolKit also offers different points of view on investigative strategy. It is not wedded to one investigative approach and provides a variety of ideas. It helps link people who might not ordinarily communicate and makes it easy to share best practices among officials at all levels of government. While program officials may be familiar with the details of their program, they may not know the red flags to look for in spotting fraud. The ToolKit identifies red flags and points the user toward a corrective course of action. Novices can also tap into a vast array of information on fraud prevention.

The ToolKit was developed by AGA's Partnership for Intergovernmental Management and Accountability. AGA established the Partnership to open the lines of communication among governments with the goal of improving performance and accountability. Comprised of high-ranking officials from the federal, state and local levels of government and higher education, the Partnership is dedicated to identifying and solving some of the most vexing management and accountability issues facing governments today.

AGA provides staff support to the Partnership and serves as a neutral third party in fostering cooperation and communication among different levels of government. Learn more about the Partnership at www.agacgfm.org/intergovernmental/index.aspx.

About AGA: The Association of Government Accountants is a 15,000-member professional association that serves government accountability professionals by providing quality education, fostering professional development and certification, and campaigning in the public interest to for higher standards of government accountability and transparency. www.agacgfm.org

Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
Jennifer I. Curtin, MPA, 410-430-1785
jcurtin@agacgfm.org

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