The International Law Institute will be hosting a seminar on Procurement Integrity: Preventing, Investigating, and Prosecuting Fraud, in Washington, D.C. from September 4-22, 2017. Tom Caulfield and Sheryl Steckler, course advisors for the seminar, express the importance of ensuring a culture “dedicated to procurement integrity” as they detailed the five main points for protecting an organization from procurement abuse.

These five points were outlined as:

  1. Identifying your organization’s unique vulnerabilities and degree of risk to fraud and abuse schemes;
  2. Building a strong mitigation strategy that specifies systems, processes, procedures, and policies to protect against procurement misconduct;
  3. Establishing an understanding of the risk(s) and strategy(s) across all levels of the organization and each person’s role in the mitigation strategy;
  4. Periodically examining the effectiveness of the mitigation plan; and
  5. Enforcing a culture dedicated to procurement integrity above all other motivations.


Caulfield and Steckler continued to emphasize the importance of establishing a work environment built on procurement integrity, as it is the “cornerstone to sustainability of contracting integrity for not just a single entity, but a nation.” While addressing procurement fraud and abuse can be a challenging task, strategies detailed in the Procurement Integrity Seminar explain how to “make an honest commitment to ensure a fair, honest, and legal procurement environment in an organization.”

Sheryl Steckler was formerly the Inspector General for Palm Beach County and the Department of Children and Families, State of Florida. She is currently the President of Procurement Integrity Consulting Services, a Certified Inspector General, and Certified Inspector General Investigator.

Tom Caulfield is the former Executive Director of Training for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. He is presently the Chief Operating Officer for Procurement Integrity Consulting Services and was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice National Procurement Fraud Task-Force.

By Catherine Nolan

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