Reporting a Fraud, Waste and Abuse Concern

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Examples of Potential Red Flags


  • Undocument procurement process or lack of justification for vendor selection (e.g. missing bids)
  • Non-existent vendors
  • Unjustified or frequent sole-sourcing
  • Defining scopes of work and specifications to fit a single vendor's products or capabilities (specifications are made so restrictive that they effectively exclude competitors)


  • Usual or extravagant behavior or spending
  • Overruling or bypassing approvals, controls or system checks


  • Excessive cash on hand
  • Lack of safeguards for cash storage
  • More than one employee with unrestricted access to cash box
  • Lack of documented cash counts


  • Billing for travel expenses that never materialized
  • Charging for personal items
  • Billing for separate travel expenses even though employees were traveling together
  • Choosing more expensive options than reasonable