Officials in the Department of Defense Deputy Inspector General's Office for Policy and Oversight have posted a series of multiple-choice quizes designed to test the investigative mettle of anybody who thinks they know a lot about waste, fraud and corruption in government, or maybe just wants to join an IG staff in the nation's capitol.
Created by officials in the Audit Policy and Oversight office, the first of five exams opens with 11 questions that require participants to answer such multi-faceted questions as when auditors are NOT expected to provide assurance that they will find detectable fraud if it's present in an investigative subject, how "professional skepticism" is defined (warning: it's not "asking them a lot of questions to see if they get confused"), and knowing what to look for when testing for a "pass-through fraud" scheme.
It should be noted that the creators of the Fraud IQ exams are employees in an area of government not normally associated with displays calculated to indicate the presence of a sense of humor. This is clearly demonstrated in the third quiz when participants are asked what auditors should do if they suspect fraud.
The first possible answer provided by the quiz masters is "Call The Washington Post." Obviously, the correct answer would be "Call The Washington Examiner."
That said, there may be hope for this DOD office, however, because another of the test questions says "The Army Criminal Investigative Division (Army CID) compiled a 'Best of Fraud Indicators' list. The list included the following example indicators:
A. Invoice for beer on a time and materials contract.
B. Company bank account named 'We Fleece'em.'
C. Three bids from the same fax machine with 'guvernment' spelling on each.
D. Army CID never compiled a 'Best of Fraud Indicators' list. dutiesStatement"
Military and IG staff veterans likely know instantly the correct answer to that question.
For those taking the final quiz, be advised that the U.S. Department of State really does "frequently receive complaints involving fraud related to online dating and marriage services."
Just don't tell the DOD IG office where you got the correct answer on that one!
To take the five Fraud IQ tests, go here.