|To:||Legislative Leadership, Judicial Branch Administrators, Elected Officials, Secretariats, Department Heads, Chief Fiscal Officers, MMARS Liaisons, Internal Control Officers and Payroll Directors|
|From:||Martin J. Benison, Comptroller|
|Date:||November 18, 2009|
|Re:||Announcement of Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program and Guidelines|
The Compliance/Best Practice Working Group announces the latest in a series of best practices. This fiscal memo announces a program to help fiscal officers prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in all programs and services. We need to remind employees of the competing responsibilities of treating taxpayers as customers while simultaneously maintaining a skeptical eye for those who are attempting to defraud the Commonwealth.
Guidance that is being released today includes a Toolkit for Departments to Combat Fraud, Waste and Abuse , as well as a brochure on fraud awareness that can be handed to all employees. The toolkit and brochure are being posted on the Office of the Comptroller web-portal in the Internal Controls section for easy access by departments. We encourage departments to disseminate the brochure to all staff.
We remind management and staff that fraud prevention and detection must be a part of each employee's job. No program will be 100% effective in combating fraud, waste and abuse. However, the guidance provided from the working group will help departments understand the tools and measures available to them. As technology continues to provide the Commonwealth with tools to accomplish its goals, it also can enable those who would defraud the Commonwealth.
We must not become complacent.
This program is the latest step in helping departments implement effective internal controls.
Please distribute this memo to all pertinent personnel.