Government of Alberta's Whistleblower Protection Works

Posted on August 29, 2015

If you've read many of the Clarium news briefs you will know that I am an ardent advocate for effective organizational whistleblower programs.  These tip lines are inexpensive, effective, and offer an organization the best returns on its fraud prevention and detection investment.  So, it was with great satisfaction that I read the recent press release from Alberta's Public Interest Commissioner announcing the successful conclusion of an investigation into the manipulation of the procurement process at two separate government departments.  The investigation was started after the Office of the Commissioner received several disclosures from a whistleblower.  These tips led investigators to uncover eight instances of improper procurement procedures involving contracts with potential or real values exceeding $800,000 combined. Two managers have been accused of wrongdoing.  The Public Interest Commissioner has posted the full investigation report on its website.

This investigation is another example of how and why whistleblower programs work so well.  The most important element of the program is the effective and efficient investigation that follows the disclosure.  Unless an organization follows through with a professional and impartial investigation, employees and other potential whistleblowers will not have confidence to come forward.

If you want to learn more information about the design and implementation of an effective whistleblower program for your organization contact Clarium today.  Protect your company and leverage our expertise. 

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