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Fraud Risk Management in Government Training Workshop

Reducing Fraud in Government: What you need to know to comply with the requirements of the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


This Workshop is Limited To Government Employees Only to Permit Candid Discussion.

The Press and Industry are NOT invited to register for this workshop.


Keynote Speaker


Gene Dodaro

Comptroller General of the United States

Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)


Guest Speakers


Scott Dahl

Inspector General

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)


Lee Giesbrecht

Director, Statistical Operations Division

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)


Jonathan Morse

Acting Center Director

CMS Center for Program Integrity


Robert Novy

Deputy Assistant Director

U.S. Secret Service Office of Investigations


Helena Sims

Director of Intergovernmental Relations

Association of Government Accountants (AGA)


Peter Tyler

Former Senior Professional Staffer

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee


Mike Howe

Senior Staff Associate, Risk Management and Program Identity

National Science Foundation (NSF)


Edwin Krafsur

Manager, Business and Systems Integration



Edward Slevin

Director of Data Analytics, CAATs

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General


Marcus Howard

Program Director

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)


Caryn Kauffman

Deputy CFO

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)


Linda Miller

Director, Grant Thornton

(Former GAO Assistant Director and author of the GAO Fraud Framework)


Lou Saccoccio


National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA)



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Meeting Location: 
Willard InterContinental Hotel

Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington 20004
United States

Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue Lines). Use the exit marked “12th & F Sts” to exit onto F St., then continue straight two blocks and cross 14th St.


Fraud in government programs is a significant financial and reputational concern. For example, in Medicaid and Medicare alone, federal authorities recovered roughly $2.3 billion in fraud against the federal government in 2014. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the typical organization loses 5 percent of its revenue to fraud each year. Even when detected, 40 to 50 percent of the organizations that fall prey don’t recover their losses. According to ACFE, government and public administration are among the industries most likely to be victims of fraud.


While eliminating fraud is infeasible, a risk-based approach can help agencies both prevent fraud and detect it earlier. In June 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released guidance for government agencies to develop risk-based, proactive anti-fraud programs. The Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs describes practices agencies can take to develop an anti-fraud culture, conduct fraud risk assessments, and map those assessments to their existing controls to identify and mitigate gaps.  


On June 30, 2016, the president signed into law The Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act (FRDAA). Both the FRDAA and OMB Circular A-123 require agencies to adhere to the practices outlined in GAO's Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs. The FRDAA requires agencies to report on their progress as part of their AFR beginning in FY 2017 and every year for the next three years

This workshop is designed for the managers and senior executives in the offices which perform many of the core programmatic and operational components of an organization to better understand GAO’s Fraud Risk Management guide and the fraud risk management requirements contained in the FRDAA. 

Participants will also gain an understanding of the types of fraud agencies in the federal government encounter, practical tips for conducting a fraud risk assessment, how data analytics can be practically and cost-effectively applied to detect and prevent fraud, and ways to begin implementing the new requirements. 

What You Will Learn: 

  • The requirements of the new Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015
  • The key elements of GAO’s Fraud Risk Management Framework
  • How to leverage data analytics capabilities to detect and prevent fraud
  • What types of fraud are common in different areas of government and how to identify it
  • How to conduct an effective fraud risk assessment
  • How to develop an effective fraud risk management program at your agency
Why You Should Attend: 

  • To learn about what the new Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act requires
  • What OMB A-123 requires with regard to fraud
  • How to implement GAO's Fraud Risk Management Framework
  • How to incorporate data analytics into a successful fraud risk management program
Who Should Attend: 

  • Financial and non-financial management professionals responsible for fraud management, implementing the Fraud Prevention Act, risk management/internal controls
  • Fraud management, risk management, and internal controls program managers and team members
  • Program management professionals with responsibilities in managing fraud reduction
  • Auditors
  • Risk management and internal controls steering committee members
  • Inspectors General and staff
  • Chief Financial Officers and staff
  • Chief Procurement and Acquisition Officers and staff
  • Risk management staff
  • Chief Human Capital Officers, HR managers, and staff
  • Managers, directors, and senior officials who have fiduciary/financial and/or risk management responsibilities
  • Program managers and others who are or will be responsible for or involved in creating, overseeing, and implementing fraud risk activities, including those responsible for implementing OMB A-123 requirements, and those responsible for risk management within their agencies.

7:30am to 8:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30am to 8:45am

Welcome and Introduction

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum

8:45am to 9:00am

Workshop Overview, Objectives and Training Expectations

Wendy Morton-Huddleston, CGFM, PMP, Principal,  Grant Thornton

9:00am to 9:30am

Keynote Speaker

Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office

9:30am to 10:15am

Key Elements of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s Fraud Risk Management Guide and Requirements under the New Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act

  • Overview of GAO’s framework and requirements in the new Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act
  • GAO Green Book Principle #8 “Management should identify, analyze, and respond to risks related to achieving the defined objectives”
  • What is required for fiscal year 2017 financial reporting requirements?


Linda Miller, Director, Grant Thornton, former GAO Assistant Director and author of the GAO Fraud Framework


Peter Tyler, Former Senior Professional Staffer, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

10:15am to 10:30am Refreshment Break
10:30am to 11:15am

Fraud in Government and How to Identify It

Discuss fraud types, both internal and external and highlight characteristics of indicators of these types of fraud


Moderator:  Shiva Verma, Principal, Grant Thornton


Panel Members:

Robert Novy, Deputy Assistant Director, U.S. Secret Service Office of Investigations

Scott Dahl, Inspector General, Department of Labor 


11:15am to 12:00pm

Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Combat Healthcare Fraud



Moderator: Bobbi Jo Pankaj, Director, Grant Thornton



Lou Saccoccio, CEO, National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association

Jonathan Morse, Deputy Director, Center for Program Integrity, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


12:00pm to 1:30pm

Working Lunch: The AGA Fraud Prevention Toolkit

Learn about the many practical tools that the AGA has made available in its fraud prevention toolkit


Helena Sims, Director, Intergovernmental Relations, AGA 

1:30pm to 2:15pm

Conducting a Fraud Risk Assessment: Practical Tips and Techniques

Learn the steps involved in conducting an effective fraud risk assessment, including:

  • How to collect fraud information
  • Assessing likelihood and impact
  • Inherent vs. residual risk


Moderator:  Denise Lippuner, CPA, Partner, Grant Thornton


Panel Members:

Kiran Sreepada, Senior Associate, Grant Thornton

Marcus Howard, Program Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

2:15pm-2:30pm Refreshment Break
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Using Data Analytics in Fraud Detection and Prevention

  • Discuss practical examples of how data analytics can be used to fight fraud
  • Discuss how to evolve data analytics as the organization matures their understanding of fraud and associated data


Moderator: Paul Seckar, Senior Manager, Applied Analytics lead, Grant Thornton



Lee Giesbrecht, Director, Statistical Operations Division, VA

Edwin Krafsur, Manager, Business and Systems Integration, USPS OIG

Edward Slevin, Director of Data Analytics CAATs, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General

3:30pm to 4:15pm

Getting Started: Best Practices in Implementing Fraud Risk Management

Hear practical advice from agency mangers and leaders who have recently commenced implementing fraud risk management


Moderator: Chris Hare, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton


Panel Members:

Caryn Kauffman, Deputy CFO, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Mike Howe, Senior Staff Associate, NSF

4:15pm to 4:30pm

Feedback on Class Expectations, Observations, Adjourn

  • Were Objectives Met?
  • Class Feedback


Wendy Morton-Huddleston, Principal, CGFM, PMP, Grant Thornton

4:30pm Workshop Adjourns


Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee AFTER Feb. 3rd
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
 $ $795 
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
 $ Now $895
Team Rate for Government: Send a government team to learn together. Register two government employees from the same office at the same time and the second person on registers at $200 of the current government rate.

Registration Includes: Presentations, Workshop Notebook, Continental Breakfast, All Day Refreshments and Hosted Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: 

Gene Dodaro

Comptroller General of the United States



Gene L. Dodaro became the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on December 22, 2010, when he was confirmed by the United States Senate. He was nominated by President Obama in September of 2010 from a list of candidates selected by a bipartisan, bicameral congressional commission. He had been serving as Acting Comptroller General since March of 2008.


Mr. Dodaro has testified before Congress dozens of times on important national issues, including the nation's long term fiscal outlook, efforts to reduce and eliminate overlap and duplication across the federal government and GAO's "High Risk List" that focuses on specific challenges—from reducing improper payments under Medicare and Medicaid to improving the Pentagon's business practices. In addition Mr. Dodaro has led efforts to fulfill GAO's new audit responsibilities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.


As Comptroller General, Mr. Dodaro helps oversee the development and issuance of hundreds of reports and testimonies each year to various committees and individual Members of Congress. These and other GAO products have led to hearings and legislation, billions of dollars in taxpayer savings, and improvements to a wide range of government programs and services.


In a GAO career dating back more than 40 years, Mr. Dodaro has held a number of key executive posts. For 9 years, Mr. Dodaro served as the Chief Operating Officer, the number two leadership position at the agency, assisting the Comptroller General in providing direction and vision for GAO's diverse, multidisciplinary workforce. Mr. Dodaro led the development of GAO's strategic plans for serving Congress and improving government in the 21st Century. He also played a key role in guiding the agency's efforts to highlight current and emerging issues that warrant attention from policymakers.


Until 1999, Mr. Dodaro headed GAO's Accounting and Information Management Division, the agency's largest unit, which specialized in financial management, computer technology, and budget issues. While there, he directed the first-ever audit of the comprehensive financial statements covering all federal departments and agencies. Mr. Dodaro also helped conceive GAO's strategy for strengthening computer security governmentwide and led the updating of standards for internal controls in the federal government.


Mr. Dodaro worked closely with the Congress and several administrations on major management reform initiatives, including the 1994 Government Management Reform Act, which expanded the Chief Financial Officers Act; the revised 1995 Paperwork Reduction Act and the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, which require agencies to implement modern management practices for information technology management; and the 1996 refinements to the Single Audit Act, which outlines requirements for audits of federal assistance to state and local governments. Mr. Dodaro also led management reviews of the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Personnel Management and has extensive experience working with state and local government officials.


Mr. Dodaro, who holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Association of Government Accountants. Mr. Dodaro has received recognition from numerous outside organizations throughout his career, including the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration, the Roger W. Jones Award from American University and the Braden Award from the Department of Accountancy at Case Western Reserve University.


Mr. Dodaro is married to the former Joan McCabe and has three adult children.

Guest Speakers: 

Linda Miller


Grant Thornton

(Former Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, GAO)

Linda Miller is a Director in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Ms. Miller spent 10 years as an Assistant Director with GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Services team where she led work examining a variety of homeland security issues, such as transportation and border security, as well as fraud in programs across the federal government. Ms. Miller was the principle author of GAO’s recently issued Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs, which describes leading practices that agency managers can use to develop a strategic, risk-based approach to assessing and mitigating fraud in their programs. Ms. Miller holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University and is a former Olympic athlete in the sport of rowing.

Peter Tyler

Former Senior Professional Staffer,

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee

Peter Tyler has more than 18 years of congressional experience in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. While a Senior Professional Staffer on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Mr. Tyler performed oversight over a wide-range of government agencies and programs, from the Pentagon to Social Security to Medicare/Medicaid. He has written multiple bills that became law, focused on government reform and reducing improper payments in federal spending, including the bipartisan Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015. Mr. Tyler also has worked in congressional affairs and advocacy, most recently for the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Shiva Verma


Grant Thornton


Shiva Verma is a Principal with Grant Thornton LLP’s Public Sector practice. As the lead for Decision Analytics services, Mr. Verma provides advanced analytics and enterprise cost and performance management solutions to public and private sector organizations. His area of focus includes ABC/M, fee/price setting, budgeting, business process improvement, change management, LSS, strategic planning, value engineering, and target costing.


Mr. Verma has extensive experience leading projects with large complex transformational engagements in Transportation, Logistics, Healthcare and Public Sector organizations. He has also led integrated services to  improving efficiency and effectiveness of operations. He is a proven manager of cross-functional teams focused on helping clients identify, assess, measure and improve the operational and financial aspect of operations to drive results. Mr. Verma has helped agencies address recommendations from the OIG, OMB, GAO and Congress.


Mr. Verma’s clients include the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, Social Security Administration, Office of Personnel Management, the FDIC, the SEC, U.S. Postal Service, Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Labor, Energy, Defense, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Treasury, and Health and Human Services.


Mr. Verma is a Project Management Institute-Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and an American Society for Quality-Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Robert Novy

Deputy Assistant Director

U.S. Secret Service Office of Investigations

Robert Novy is a federal law enforcement senior executive with over twenty seven years of federal government experience. A majority of his career has been with the U.S. Secret Service focusing on the integrated mission of protection and investigations.


He currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Investigations focusing on cyber policy, operations, and criminal investigations. Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs and the Special Agent in Charge for Public Affairs.


Prior to these assignments, he was detailed to the staff of the National Security Council at the White House as the Director for Cybersecurity Incident Response, Intelligence and Defense Policy. His other Secret Service assignments were to the New York Field Office as the supervisor of the New York / New Jersey Electronic Crimes Task Force; the James J. Rowley Training Center as a senior instructor; the Presidential Protective Division during both the Clinton and Bush Administrations; and the Washington Field Office as part of the Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program.


Throughout his career, he initiated and managed high profile transnational cyber investigations encompassing network intrusions and the theft of data and information from corporate, financial and government institutions.


Prior to his Secret Service career, he was an Assistant Branch Chief for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and also served in the U.S. Navy.


He serves as a member of the adjunct faculty for the Carnegie Mellon University - Heinz College, School of Public Policy and Management. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Texas at Austin, Center for Identity. He graduated from Troy State University (now Troy University) with a Master of Public Administration and from the University of the State of New York, Regents College (now Excelsior College) with a Bachelor of Science.

Scott Dahl

Inspector General

Department of Labor

Scott S. Dahl was sworn in as the seventh Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor after being confirmed by the United States Senate on October 16, 2013. As head of the Office of Inspector General, Mr. Dahl is responsible for overseeing the administration of a nationwide, independent program of audits and investigations involving Department of Labor programs and operations. He also directs a unique program responsibility to investigate organized crime influence and labor racketeering corruption in employee benefit plans, internal union affairs and labor-management relations.


Prior to his appointment, Mr. Dahl served as the Inspector General at the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he has served in other senior positions in the Inspector General community—first as Senior Counsel to the Inspector General at the Department of Justice, then as Deputy Inspector General for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and as the Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Commerce.


Before joining the IG community, Mr. Dahl served in the Department of Justice as a corruption prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division and as a trial attorney in the Civil Fraud Section of the Civil Division.


Mr. Dahl has received numerous awards for his government service, including the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, one of the highest awards in the Intelligence Community. He also received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award.


Concurrent with his public service, Mr. Dahl also served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center since 1992, teaching classes on professional responsibility and public corruption. Mr. Dahl grew up and attended school in Texas.

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj, CGFM, PMP


Global Public Sector

Grant Thornton LLP


Mrs. Pankaj is a Director in Grant Thornton Global Public Sector with over fifteen years’ experience in financial management and systems review and implementation in the public and private sector. She is a Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). For the past eleven years she has focused on internal controls, risk management, process documentation, and training with an emphasis on OMB Circular A-123, Appendices A, B and C at organizations such as the Department of Transportation (DOT), United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  In addition to internal controls, Ms. Pankaj also has experience in COTS system implementations, requirements gathering, business process reengineering, process improvement strategy, and development of policies and procedures.

Lou Saccoccio


National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA)

Lou Saccoccio serves as the CEO of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA). Established in 1985 as a private-public partnership, NHCAA is the leading national organization focused exclusively on combating health care fraud and abuse. Its members comprise more than 90 of the nation’s most prominent private health insurers joined together with nearly 140 federal, state and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies which participate in NHCAA as law enforcement liaisons. Lou began his service as the chief staff executive of NHCAA in January, 2005.


Lou’s background includes legal, operational and business management expertise. Prior to joining NHCAA, he served as General Counsel and subsequently Senior Vice President of Professional Services at America’s Health Insurance Plans (formerly the American Association of Health Plans). Prior to that, Lou practiced law in Washington, DC, specializing in health care law. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. His Navy experience includes eight years of service as a JAG lawyer, including tours as an appellate counsel handling national security cases and as the Legal Officer of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Harvard Law School.

Jonathan Morse

Acting Center Director

CMS Center for Program Integrity

Jonathan Morse is the Acting Center Director at the CMS Center for Program Integrity (CPI), leading policy and operations for provider enrollment, investigations and audits as well as overall policy development within CMS for Medicare, Medicaid and Marketplace programs. He also leads the agency’s opioid strategy, Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership, and improper payments coordination. From 2005 to 2010, Jonathan worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where he served as a senior budget examiner, working with CMS on Medicare physician payment policy and program integrity issues, and developing the President’s annual Budget. During development of the Affordable Care Act in 2009-2010, Jonathan collaborated with CMS and Capitol Hill staff to develop numerous provisions for the legislation, including Medicare program integrity provisions, physician transparency and numerous payment reforms. Prior to joining CMS in the spring of 2015, Jonathan served as a Senior Manager for Deloitte Consulting, leading projects at CMS and other Federal and State health agencies, including two projects for CPI, on organization design and another on Medicaid managed care. He also led Medicaid program integrity and provider enrollment projects for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, conducting analysis and developing strategies to improve processes and incorporate meaningful performance measures. Jonathan received his B.A. from Union College in 1995 and his J.D. in Health Law from the University of Maryland in 2002.

Helena Sims

Director of Intergovernmental Relations



Most of Helena Sims’ 40 years of professional experience has been devoted to forging partnerships among public and private organizations. Since 2007, Helena has served as the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). Prior to her work with AGA, she was Managing Director of Public-Private Partnerships for a banking trade association that played a key role in developing a nationwide system for the electronic delivery of government benefits. She served as Washington Office Director for the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers and has also worked for the Council of State Governments, the US Senate and the Florida Legislature. Helena has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in speech communication from Florida State University

Denise Lippuner


Grant Thornton

Ms. Lippuner is a Partner with Grant Thornton responsible for leading its Public Sector Risk Advisory Practice. She assists organizations predict, prepare, protect, manage and respond to risk through the development and implementation of holistic and innovative solutions.


Ms. Lippuner is a co-author of Managing Public Dollars, presented at numerous conferences as a speaker on financial and risk management, and has contributed to several research papers by the IBM Center for The Business of Government. In addition, she was the Chair of the Corporate Advisory Group for the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management and has been a reviewer for the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award Program.

Kiran Sreepada

Senior Associate

Grant Thornton LLP


Kiran Sreepada is a Senior Associate in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice, working primarily on approaches to fraud risk management in federal entities. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Sreepada worked in the private and public sectors, first as an entrepreneur who co-founded an international academic consulting firm and more recently as an analyst at the Government Accountability Office. While at GAO, Mr. Sreepada worked on projects related to fraud risk management, data analytics, the DATA Act, and sequestration. Mr. Sreepada holds a Master’s degree in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

Marcus Howard

Program Director

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation


Mr. Howard has served federal government agencies with financial management transformation and audit readiness. Highlights of his career accomplishments include earning multiple CFO team awards for his substantial contribution and leadership leading DHS with achieving its first clean audit opinion and sustaining its opinion thereafter, developing a robust risk management and internal controls program and strategic plan leading to multiple downgrades of Material Weaknesses, successfully supporting financial system migrations, development of value added assessment frameworks, earning multiple individual encore performance awards for business development and execution, contributing to OMB Working Groups, and mentoring staff members who have become successful. His experience of 15 years includes financial reporting, federal financial statement audit readiness, business process improvement, risk management, and strategic planning and financial statement audit.


Mr. Howard serves as the Division Manager leading PBGC's internal control and risk assessment program in accordance with OMB Circular A-123 and GAO's Green Book Principles. His technical experience and capabilities includes enterprise risk management and internal control and compliance reviews, change management, and business operations. In addition, Mr. Howard's extensive experience includes strategic planning, budget execution, business process improvement, policy and standard operating procedures development, financial systems implementation and data migration and post implementation data cleansing, performing risk assessments, monitoring of corrective action plans, and preparing and performing internal control reviews of the federal financial statements and required supplemental stewardship information. He is a native Washingtonian who was a former four-year football collegiate student athlete which built his strong work ethic, passion for achievement, and overall leadership skills.

Paul Seckar

Senior Manager,

Grant Thornton Global Public Sector


Paul Seckar is a Senior Manager leading Grant Thornton LLP’s Data and Decision Analytics service offering within the Global Public Sector Practice. He has over twenty-four years of consulting experience solving complex business problems with analytics. With experience throughout the federal sector, Mr. Seckar brings not only advanced analytics expertise, but process improvement and technology solution development experience. He has specific expertise in the fraud detection arena having led data mining and technology based solutions focused on fraud detection. The majority of Mr. Seckar’s work has focused on the following clients:

•          U.S. Customs and Border Protection

•          Internal Revenue Service

•          Veterans Benefits Administration

•          U.S. Food and Drug Administration

•          USDA Forest Service

•          U.S. Postal Service

Lee Giesbrecht

Director, Statistical Operations Divions

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of the Inspector General (OIG)


Lee Giesbrecht has been director of Statistical Operations at VA OIG since October 2007. As a part of this work he has been involved in data analysis for fraud detection as a part of audits and evaluations of VA programs. Prior to coming to VA OIG, he worked in the federal statistical system spending eight years with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and ten years with the Census Bureau. He also worked two years outside of the federal government for a private survey research contractor. He earned a BS in psychology from Ball State University and an MS in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland.

Edwin Krafsur

Manager, Business and Systems Integration


Edwin Krafsur is the manager for business and systems integration within the DATA Directorate in the Office of Chief Data Officer, USPS Office of Inspector General (USPSOIG.) He supports a broad portfolio of analytics products for the Offices of Audit and Investigations. His professional interests include the application of statistical, programmatic, and database management technologies to support and develop fraud detection models, data visualization, and reporting. In previous roles, Krafsur was a program manager supporting all USPSOIG Office of Investigations projects, was the lead software developer for the USPSOIG's criminal case management application, and a research programmer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also used to manage a bicycle shop and holds degrees in Economics and History.

Ed Slevin, CISA

Director, Computer Assisted Assessment Techniques (CAATs)

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General

With over 30 years of IT experience as a programmer, IS auditor, and director of data analytics teams, Ed spearheaded numerous data analytical projects in support of both IG audit and investigation initiatives. Over time, Ed has progressed through the challenges of developing fundamental data mining models based on fraud exception points, to the building of risk models and their use of sophisticated statistical algorithms, and finally to the creation of highly complex predictive analytical fraud engines. Ed was a winner of the prestigious 2013 Federal 100 award, which recognizes government and industry leaders who have played a pivotal role in the federal government IT community.

Chris Hare, PMP, CGFM, CRMA

Senior Manager
Global Public Sector
Grant Thornton LLP


Mr. Hare is a Senior Manager in Grant Thornton's Global Public Sector. He has a background in financial management with a broad knowledge of internal controls, risk management, federal financial management, financial management systems, enterprise risk management, federal regulations and processes. Mr. Hare is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). He has over twelve years of consulting experience with more than eleven of those years in the public sector arena of financial and risk management working with organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, National Institutes of Health, Administrative Office of the US Courts, General Services Administration (GSA), and the Department of Justice (DOJ). He holds a degree in Finance from the College of William and Mary and speaks and writes regularly on the topics of risk management and internal controls.

Caryn Kauffman

Deputy CFO

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)


Caryn Kauffman is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). She is responsible for planning, directing, and reviewing the strategy, development, reporting and policy relative to the financial management of the SEC. Previously she served as the SEC’s Chief Accounting Officer in which she was responsible for overseeing financial reporting and related internal controls. Caryn came to the SEC after twelve years in PwC’s assurance practice.


Caryn’s experience includes the implementation of, and compliance with, various federal financial accounting and reporting standards. Further, she has extensive experience with performing risk analyses and internal controls assessments and has performed numerous assessments in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and OMB Circular A-123. She also has experience with business process redesign and reorganization.


Caryn received her Bachelor degree in accounting from the University of Richmond. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Michael Howe

Risk Management and Program Identity Program Manager

National Science Foundation (NSF)


Michael Howe joined NSF in November 2004. Currently his responsibilities include coordinating fulfillment of NSF’s responsibilities for risk management and program integrity under the guidelines of OMB Circular A-123 “Management’s Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control.” Additionally, Mike insures compliance in the areas of internal controls, DATA Act, Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act, and the Improper Payments Information Act.


After completing 30 years of service in the active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserves, Mike retired from the Reserves at the rank of Colonel.


Wendy Morton-Huddleston


Grant Thornton LLP

Wendy Morton-Huddleston is a Principal in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice with over 18 years of experience.   As a Financial Management Advisory, Brand and Solution Leader, Wendy advises clients on business transformation, strategic planning, financial process optimization and enterprise risk management solutions.  Wendy is the Regional Vice President-Elect of the Capital Region of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA),   


Wendy is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).  Wendy holds a B.S. in Finance - Norfolk State University, MBA in Management and M.S in Finance – University of Maryland and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.  Wendy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and National Association for Female Executives (NAFE).  Wendy represented Grant Thornton at the 71st annual Tony Awards in June 2017. 



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