Ethics in Procurement for Tribal Organizations

Tribes and tribally owned businesses spend billions of dollars annually on goods and services. Many tribal organizations conduct their business with flawless ethical standards, however for any organization, some unethical behavior may go unnoticed. Today, public scrutiny and an increased awareness of ethics laws and regulations mandate that all tribal organizations be above reproach. Make sure that unethical behavior in your organization is not falling through the cracks or being swept under the rug!

This class will teach you how to distinguish legal and ethical considerations. Self-assessment exercises will help you examine your department’s status and future needs. Apply real-life scenarios and solutions to your organization. Our experienced instructor will guide you through P.L. 93-638 requirements and the process of establishing and enforcing high ethical standards in the workplace. You’ll learn how to adhere to your tribe’s ethics code, address violations and communicate with your staff. Learn from others' procurement mistakes and avoid costly problems - register for this class today!

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Ethics - An Overview
  • Public service values
  • Tribal codes of ethics
  • Policies for purchasing and contracting
  • Contracting with relatives
  • Real and apparent conflicts

Assessment Tools - Diagnostic Checklists
  • Policy
  • Detection tools
  • Management
Criminal Fraud
  • False statements
  • False claims
  • Conspiracy to defraud
  • Anti-Kickback Act
  • Perjury
  • Embezzlement and theft
Criminal Misconduct
  • Bribery
  • Illegal gratuities
  • Racketeering
Access to Records
  • Audit clauses
  • Records limitations
  • Contract clause
Sanctions for Violating the Code
  • Privacy Act issues
  • Code of ethics for government
  • Losing independence
  • Use of confidential information
Fraud Detection and Prevention
  • Bribery, gratuities and conflicts of interest
  • Theft of supplies and equipment
  • False billing
  • Falsification of billing records
  • Duplicate payments
  • False claims and invoices
  • Excess and residual inventory
  • Inventory write-off
  • Adjustment of material standards
Fraud Indicators
  • Separation of duties
  • Time sheets
  • Vacations
  • Purchasing from controlled sources
  • Collecting money and charging off bad debts
  • Kickbacks
  • Budget and planning
  • Cash
  • Revenues and receivables
  • Procurement and payables
  • Financial reporting
Avoiding Conflicts and Ethics Violations
  • Identify potential violations
  • Documenting your actions
  • What to do if in doubt
  • What to do if you're offered bribes or kickbacks
Case Studies
  • Real-life scenarios
  • Ethical questions:
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Group exercises
  • Case law
  • Regulations
  • Disbarment/Suspension

Topics subject to change.

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