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How to Defraud the DoD--GAO Publishes Handy Guide
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 3367 Views :: Ethics, Military

GAO: Ongoing DOD Fraud Risk Assessment Efforts Should Include Contractor Ownership

From GAO, November 25, 2019

Some companies doing business with the Defense Department have opaque ownership structures that may conceal who owns, controls, or benefits from the company.

We identified fraud and national security risks to DOD from opaque ownership such as ineligible contractors receiving contracts and foreign firms receiving sensitive information through U.S.-based companies.

We recommended DOD include contractor ownership in its department-wide fraud risk assessments.

Highlights: What GAO Found

GAO: Recommendation for Executive Action

PDF: Full Report  -- (Be sure to check out these handy cartoon-illustrations in the Full Report for a how-to guide to rip off the DoD.)

  • Figure 1: Illustrative Example of Contractor Ownership Opacity pg6
  • Figure 2: Federal Acquisition Regulation Offeror Ownership Requirement pg8
  • Figure 3: DOD Contractor Concealing Ownership to Fraudulently Inflate Prices pg15
  • Figure 4: Example of Potentially Related Offerors Bidding on the Same DOD Solicitation Who Shared the Same Addresses and Management Team pg18
  • Figure 5: Example of Potentially Related Offerors Bidding on the Same DOD Solicitation, One of Whom Was Excluded from Doing Business with the Government pg19
  • Figure 6: Example of Potentially Related Offerors Bidding on the Same DOD Solicitation Who Shared Information pg21
  • Figure 7: Example of Two Offerors and a Subcontractor for a Third Offeror Who Shared Information Bidding on the Same DOD Solicitation pg22
  • Figure 8: Service-Disabled Veteran–Owned Small-Business Fraud Scheme pg25
  • Figure 9: Ineligible Foreign Manufacturer Fraudulently Obtaining DOD Contracts pg26
  • Figure 10: GAO’s Fraud Risk Management Framework pg41


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