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Fraud Risk Management in Government Training Workshop II

Managing Risks to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse and Complying with the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Keynote Speaker:

Johana Ayers

Managing Director

Forensic Audits and Investigative Services



Guest Speakers:

Robert Novy

Deputy Assistant Director

Office of Investigations

U.S. Secret Service


Robert Westbrooks

Inspector General 

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation(PBGC)


Kurtis Minder




Adam Goldberg

Director and Executive Architect

Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation

Bureau of the Fiscal Service

Department of the Treasury


Stephen M. Lord

Assistant Inspector General for Audits

Amtrak OIG

Thursday, June 7, 2018

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. 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 completely 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 executives, managers and staff 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, key aspects of Treasury’s forthcoming government-wide integrity playbook, how data analytics can be practically and cost-effectively applied to detect and prevent fraud, and ways to continue implementing the new requirements. 


What You Will Learn: 

  • The requirements of the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015
  • The key elements of GAO’s Fraud Risk Management Framework 
  • The financial reporting requirements for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 
  • How to leverage data analytics capabilities to detect and prevent fraud
  • How to protect your organization from fraud schemes 
  • How to leverage cyber intelligence to identify and mitigate online fraud threats
  • Key aspects of the government-wide integrity playbook


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.

7:30 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum, Ltd

8:45 am

Workshop Overview, Objectives and Training Expectations

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

9:00 am

Keynote Speaker

Johana Ayers, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, GAO

9:30 am

Key Elements of GAO’s Fraud Risk Management Guide and Requirements under the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act


-          Provide an 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 2018 financial reporting requirements?


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


10:30 am

Refreshment Break

10:45 am

Fraud Schemes, Indicators, and Red Flags, and How to Protect Your Organization from Them


-          Government fraud risks can vary greatly from those in the private sector. We will discuss the many types of fraud that affect government organizations including public corruption, contract fraud, performance schemes, beneficiary frauds and false claims, among others and what government agencies can do.

-          Discuss indicators, and red flags and what government agencies can do to protect themselves through the implementation of anti-fraud controls.


Moderator:  Bobbi-Jo Pankaj, Director, Grant Thornton LLP


Panel Members:

- Robert Novy, Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Investigations, U.S. Secret Service 
- Robert Westbrook, Inspector General, PBGC (invited)

Additional government speakers awaiting confirmation



Hosted Working Luncheon

1:00 pm

Leveraging Cyber Intelligence to Take the Fight Against Fraud to the Next Level


-          Discuss the emergence and use of cyber intelligence in the fight against fraud

-          Discuss how to implement intelligence-driven fraud prevention tactics


Moderator:  Taylor Larimore, Manager, Grant Thornton LLP


Panel Members:

- Kurtis Minder, CEO, GroupSense

Additional government speakers awaiting agency confirmation


2:00 pm

Government-Wide Integrity Playbook: A Roadmap to Effective Analytics-Led Program Integrity Efforts


-          Provide an overview of the Government-wide Integrity Playbook

-          Discuss best practices outlined in the Playbook and how they can be implemented across various government agencies


Moderator:  Linda Miller


Panel Members:

- Adam Goldberg, Director and Executive Architect, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation, Department of the Treasury

- Peter Tyler, Senior Policy Analyst, POGO (awaiting agency confirmation)

- Johana Ayers, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigations, GAO (awaiting agency confirmation)


3:00 pm

Refreshment Break

3:15  pm

Using Data Analytics to Detect and Prevent Fraud

-          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



- Steve Lord, Assistant Inspector General – Audits, Amtrak OIG



Additional panelists awaiting agency confirmation.


4:15 pm

Feedback on Class Expectations, Observations, Conclusions

-Were Objectives Met?

-Class Feedback


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

4:30 pm

Workshop Adjourns

Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee AFTER May 18th
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
Team Rate for Government: Send a government team to learn together. Register three or more government employees from the same office at the same time and the third person and on register at 50% off the current government rate.

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

Guest Speakers: 

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.

Peter Tyler

Senior Professional Staffer,

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee


Peter Tyler is a Senior Professional Staffer of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, under Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE). Mr. Tyler performs congressional oversight on a broad range of federal issues, from military accounting to federal health care programs. He has written and seen passage of legislation to identify and curb improper payments made by federal agencies. During his more than eighteen years in Congress, he has also handled legislation on issues such as national security, the federal budget, energy and environment, veterans, and transportation. He resides with his wife and three children in Arlington, Virginia.

Kurtis Minder



Kurtis Minder is the CEO and CoFounder of GroupSense, a cyber intelligence and managed services company. Kurtis leads the team and is the company’s main ambassador working with client and partners to grow the adoption of RECON services. He launched the original Prince e-commerce site in 1998. He singles handedly approached Paisley Park Studios and pitched his small (3 person) Internet Provider in Springfield, IL as the sole web technology solution for Prince.


Our team (2) built the solution from the ground up, little middleware was available at that time. Prince continued to use our solutions for the next 3 years. He started an MSSP and consulting business in 2000, built custom appliance, dashboard, and operational infrastructure. Customers included, law firms, healthcare, architects, State of Illinois, and even Bluecoat. Finally, he spent ~10 years in security engineering and sales roles for tech start-ups. He has over 15 years of information security experience including engineering, operations, sales, marketing, and product management with leading companies including AT&T, Mirage Networks (TrustWave), and Fortinet.


Opened EMEA operations, ran sales territories and managed strategic accounts. He maintains a technical baseline with strong business development skills and a vast and trusted network.

Adam Goldberg

Director and Executive Architect

Department of the Treasury, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation


Adam Goldberg is the Executive Architect at the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) at the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service. Within FIT, Adam supports financial management transformation initiatives that lead to government-wide efficiencies. He also serves as a Treasury Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance in the Republic of Guinea where he supports the Minister’s efforts to improve cash management. Adam joined Treasury after spending six years at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as the Chief of the Financial Analysis and Systems Branch where he was responsible for policy development and oversight to implement financial systems, reduce improper payments, and right-size real property. Prior to OMB, he held senior leadership positions at Unisys and Andersen supporting financial management and system improvement efforts at Federal agencies.


Adam began his career at the Defense Logistics Agency. Adam holds a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Rochester and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Robert A. Westbrooks

Inspector General 

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)


Robert A. (Bob) Westbrooks was appointed Inspector General of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in May 2015. In this role, he oversees independent and objective audits and investigations, provides leadership to promote efficiency and effectiveness and to prevent and detect fraud, and keeps the PBGC Board of Directors and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies in PBGC programs and operations.


Bob has over twenty-years' federal law enforcement experience. He began his federal career as a U.S. Postal Inspector, where he conducted mail fraud investigations in the Washington, DC area. While at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Bob successfully served in a broad variety of assignments including computer crimes program manager, basic training instructor, Inspector-Attorney, and detailed professional staff member to U.S. Senate subcommittees.


Bob has served in leadership positions with the Offices of Inspectors General for the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Prior to his appointment at PBGC, Bob served as Deputy Inspector General at the SBA where he managed day-to-day operations and directed three regional investigative offices and six audit teams.


Bob earned a B.A. in Justice from the American University. He earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland - School of Law and is a member of the Maryland bar. Bob is also a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, certified information systems auditor, certified fraud examiner and Certified Inspector General.


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.

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.

Paul Seckar

Senior Manager, Grant Thornton LLP


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, at agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the US Postal Service, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 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. 

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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Taylor Larimore

Manager, Risk Advisory Services (RAS)

Grant Thornton LLP


Taylor Larimore is a Manager in Risk Advisory Services (RAS) within the Health Care strategic business unit (SBU) for Grant Thornton LLP’s Public Sector office in Alexandria, VA. He specializes in enhancing agency program integrity efforts through and developing and implementing sound fraud risk management internal control practices. Through his work leading engagement teams with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. House of Representatives, and Department of Veterans Affairs, he has developed a strong understanding of project management, program integrity, fraud risk management activities, to both support agency compliance activities and help actively manage risk to agency resources. He received his Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with concentrations in public financial administration, economic development, and policy analysis.

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