Western Intergovernmental Audit Forum (WIAF) 2023 Webinar

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GAO maintains the FraudNet hotline to support accountability across the federal government. FraudNet’s primary mission is to facilitate the reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds. When federal employees, contractors, and members of the general public want to report such allegations, they can do so by providing information through the internet, telephone, fax, U.S. mail, and email. For more information on GAO’s FraudNet, you can check out the website and this infographic.  The webinar will explore themes and issues surrounding GAO FraudNet, including defining a whistleblower, knowing who can receive a protected disclosure, understanding how the whistleblowers are getting their information, and what protections are available to them.  View our agenda to learn more!


J. Howard Arp is a Director in GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service team. He oversees investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse. Howard directs investigative staff responsible for conducting congressional oversight investigations of alleged violations of federal criminal law and serious abuse; integrating this work within GAO’s audit and evaluation work; and overseeing GAO’s FraudNet Hotline. Howard joined GAO in 2014 in the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Prior to joining GAO, Howard’s federal law enforcement career includes positions with the U.S. Small Business Administration OIG, U.S. Customs Service and Drug Enforcement Administration. Howard has more than 19 years of experience, including 14 years in the Inspector General community.  Howard received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Angelo State University.

Pamela H. Richards (Pam) is a Supervisory Investigative Research Analyst in GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service team. She completed her undergraduate and graduate school studies in Criminal Justice (BS, 2009), Corrections (MS, 2011), and Human Resources and Criminal Justice Administration (MPA, 2013) at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. She is originally from Roxboro, North Carolina. Pam spent most of her federal career at the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, and U.S. Marine Corps, and has been with GAO since 2013.

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25th Biennial Forum Event

May 14 – 15, 2024

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