Setting the standard is not enough. It must be tested. It must be monitored.
Keeping an organization efficient, effective, and in compliance with government and customer mandates requires vigilance. It begins by setting and communicating standards. Then, it requires gathering ground-level information on whether and how those standards are implemented in the field. Obstacles that prevent effective implementation should be identified and communicated back to the standard bearers. Finally, it requires technical support to assist individuals on the frontlines with compliance.
The Vander Weele Group is adept at monitoring government programs and requirements. Building on a core multi-disciplinary team, we are accustomed to assembling and assigning teams with just the right skill set to match the assignment, whether it be auditing for educational requirements, security compliance, internal controls, or government programs. Our holistic approach includes provision of technical support such as manuals, directives and training.
In a five-year program, VWG is engaged to monitor 184 schools to test their compliance with provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. In a two-month period, VWG designed and implemented 35 site visits over multiple states, produced reports on each school, developed two project-specific web sites providing technical support, and developed a series of recommendations for systemic reform in a comprehensive annual report.
As a subcontractor to a partner firm, VWG conducted assessments of seven American manufacturing plants in China, Malaysia, and Singapore to prevent product diversion to the black market. VWG designed a security audit program based on extensive security procedures provided by the manufacturer’s largest customer; conducted audits of the seven plants, and co-authored recommendations for development of a security compliance program.
A consulting firm proposed to save a company nearly $900 million by outsourcing key functions. VWG reported significant outsourcing risks and flaws in its claims, including errors in methodology, a $500 million “plug” number, and a nearly $10 million typographical error. VWG reported the firm paid nearly $64 million for a settlement of allegations it paid kickbacks and was sued repeatedly for failing to execute on its promised savings. Another of the consultant’s clients complained that in its case, the consultant did nothing more than email out bid requests on $7 billion of parts to a random lists of suppliers, receiving no bids other than from suppliers that the client directed the consulting firm to use.
VWG saved a maintenance company $1.6 million in union contributions by documenting errors in a union audit that claimed the company owed the money. VWG analyzed hundreds of payroll, contract, and related records.
VWG conducted a forensic audit of more than $6 million in expenditures in connection to allegations of fraud. Our team found that while numerous accounting errors occurred in the extremely complex accounting environment, no fraud occurred.
VWG provided a forensic analysis of a claim to a $2.5 billion insurance company, resulting in denial of the fraudulent claim.