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Course Description

Fraud can occur anywhere, including in the contract and procurement process. This course examines how the public procurement process works and how fraud can occur in the form of intentional misrepresentation, promissory fraud, and concealment. Instructor Dennis Dycus reviews methods of procurement, exceptions that can be invoked, phases of the procurement process, and types of government contracts. A clear understanding of the contract and procurement processes is key to recognizing when off book frauds such as bribes and kickbacks, illegal gratuities, economic distortion, collusion, and conflicts of interest occur. Tips are provided to establish an effective corporate fraud prevention program, a procurement fraud prevention program, and an ethics program.


Dennis Dycus, CPA, CFE, CGFM

Dennis F. Dycus, CPA, CFE, CGFM, recently retired after 39 years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury of the State of Tennessee as Director of the Division of Municipal Audit. He was responsible for the audits of all local governments in Tennessee, with the exception of counties and their affiliated units, as well as conducting investigations related to fraud, waste, and abuse in local governments. He’s an active member of the AICPA, the Tennessee Society of CPAs (TSCPA), the Government Finance Officers Association, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), and a charter member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Dennis has developed and conducted training programs in all 50 states, Canada, Guam, Europe, Canada, and Puerto Rico for organizations, such as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the AICPA, numerous state CPA societies, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Association of Government Accountants, IBM, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Accountability Office, and others. For Western CPE, Dennis writes self-study courses and presents webcasts. His programs are related to the detection and prevention of fraud as well as all aspects of governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. In addition, Dennis has authored articles on fraud for several national publications.

He has been awarded the AGA’s National Education Award, the ACFE’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the TSCPA’s Outstanding CPA in Government Award, and the ACFE’s Outstanding CFE in Government Award, to name but a few.

Course Specifics

Sep 14, 2017

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how the procurement system works and the basics of contract law in order to recognize when contracts are based in fraud
  • Cite how to examine the methods of procurement, noting the seven exceptions that can be invoked as sole source justification
  • Identify and discuss the phases of the procurement process
  • Cite the types of government contracts
  • Define and examine off book frauds such as bribes and kickbacks, illegal gratuities, economic distortion, collusion, conflicts of interest, and methods of making corrupt payments
  • Identify how to establish a fraud prevention program
  • Cite how to establish a best practices policy for a fraud tip and prevention hotline

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