The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DOD) launched a Web site that gives guidance on using internal controls to prevent or eliminate fraud, waste and abuse. “Fraud Indicators in Procurement and Other Defense Activities” provides common fraud indicators in contracting and other areas susceptible to fraud. It also provides tips on using data mining techniques and data analysis.

The guidance and scenarios on the site  highlight key Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards requirements, overall DOD expectations and best practices. The scenarios describe situations and indicators related to some common fraud schemes that DOD auditors might encounter. The site’s home page is


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.