"Fraud, Waste and Abuse Policy Acknowledgment Form" - Mississippi

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FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE
It is the policy of the Mississippi Department of Education to thoroughly investigate all suspected
cases of fraud, waste and abuse. All reports of suspected fraud, waste and abuse will be handled
in the strictest confidence. Informants may remain anonymous, but are encouraged to cooperate
fully with investigators and provide as much detail and evidence of the suspected fraud, waste
or abuse as possible. State law grants certain protections to whistleblowers, and any retaliation
against employees who report suspected fraud, waste and abuse is strictly prohibited (Miss. Code
Sec. 25-9-173).
Fraud is defined as the use of one’s occupation for personal enrichment through the deliberate
misuse or misapplication of the employing organization’s resources or assets. Examples of fraud
include breach of fiduciary duty, bribery, concealment of material facts, theft of money or physical
property, theft of secrets or intellectual property, and other statutory offenses.
Waste is defined as the loss or misuse of State resources that results from deficient practices,
system controls, or decisions. An example of waste is not taking advantage of an available prompt
pay discount.
Abuse is defined as the intentional, wrongful, or improper use of resources or misuse of rank,
position, or authority that causes the loss or misuse of resources, such as tools, vehicles,
computers, copy machines, etc. Examples of abuse are receiving favors for awarding contracts
to certain vendors, requesting employees to perform personal errands for a supervisor or manager,
and misusing the employee’s position for personal gain.
Any employee or contractor who receives a report of suspected fraudulent activity must report
this information immediately upon discovery. The report of suspected fraud, waste or abuse
should not be mere speculation, and should be made in good faith. Any employee who knowingly
makes a false report will be subject to disciplinary action. Reports must include enough
information to support an investigation. To report suspected fraudulent activity, go to the
and
click
the
“Report
Fraud,
MDE
Home
webpage
Waste,
and
Abuse
link
(https://compliance.mdek12.org/Fraud/). Fill out and submit the electronic form. Your form will be
directed to the Director of Compliance for review.
As appropriate, the Office of the State Auditor or appropriate law enforcement entity shall conduct
investigations of potential fraud by MDE employees, vendors, contractors, sub-recipients or sub-
allocants. If necessary, employees and others reporting fraudulent activity will be contacted for
additional information.
FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE
It is the policy of the Mississippi Department of Education to thoroughly investigate all suspected
cases of fraud, waste and abuse. All reports of suspected fraud, waste and abuse will be handled
in the strictest confidence. Informants may remain anonymous, but are encouraged to cooperate
fully with investigators and provide as much detail and evidence of the suspected fraud, waste
or abuse as possible. State law grants certain protections to whistleblowers, and any retaliation
against employees who report suspected fraud, waste and abuse is strictly prohibited (Miss. Code
Sec. 25-9-173).
Fraud is defined as the use of one’s occupation for personal enrichment through the deliberate
misuse or misapplication of the employing organization’s resources or assets. Examples of fraud
include breach of fiduciary duty, bribery, concealment of material facts, theft of money or physical
property, theft of secrets or intellectual property, and other statutory offenses.
Waste is defined as the loss or misuse of State resources that results from deficient practices,
system controls, or decisions. An example of waste is not taking advantage of an available prompt
pay discount.
Abuse is defined as the intentional, wrongful, or improper use of resources or misuse of rank,
position, or authority that causes the loss or misuse of resources, such as tools, vehicles,
computers, copy machines, etc. Examples of abuse are receiving favors for awarding contracts
to certain vendors, requesting employees to perform personal errands for a supervisor or manager,
and misusing the employee’s position for personal gain.
Any employee or contractor who receives a report of suspected fraudulent activity must report
this information immediately upon discovery. The report of suspected fraud, waste or abuse
should not be mere speculation, and should be made in good faith. Any employee who knowingly
makes a false report will be subject to disciplinary action. Reports must include enough
information to support an investigation. To report suspected fraudulent activity, go to the
and
click
the
“Report
Fraud,
MDE
Home
webpage
Waste,
and
Abuse
link
(https://compliance.mdek12.org/Fraud/). Fill out and submit the electronic form. Your form will be
directed to the Director of Compliance for review.
As appropriate, the Office of the State Auditor or appropriate law enforcement entity shall conduct
investigations of potential fraud by MDE employees, vendors, contractors, sub-recipients or sub-
allocants. If necessary, employees and others reporting fraudulent activity will be contacted for
additional information.
Suspected fraud, waste and abuse may be reported directly to the Office of the State Auditor
http://www.osa.state.ms.us/
through their website at
.
The contact form is located at
http://www.osa.ms.gov/fraud/.
Acknowledgment of Receipt:
_________________________
Signature
_________________________
Print Name
_________________________
Title
_________________________
Date
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