The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior Officially Recognizes the CFE Credential



May 29, 2008- AUSTIN, TX-- The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) recently recognized the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential for hiring and promotional purposes. This recognition is part of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s (ACFE) Law Enforcement Partnership program.

“We enthusiastically endorse the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation and will recognize it for hiring and promotional purposes when appropriate,” says Stephen Hardgrove, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. Globally preferred by employers, the CFE credential denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection, deterrence and investigation. CFEs are knowledgeable in four major areas critical to the fight against fraud: Fraudulent Financial Transactions, Criminology & Ethics, Legal Elements of Fraud, and Fraud Investigation.

The OIG has plans to work towards having all current investigators achieve this valuable credential. “We are proud to be counted among the other federal, state, local and private organizations that have a common bond detecting, deterring and prosecuting fraudulent activities,” says Hardgrove.

The mission of the OIG is to promote excellence, integrity and accountability in the programs, operations and management of the DOI and is dedicated to detecting waste, fraud and mismanagement within the agency. The DOI manages over 500 million acres of America’s public lands and 56 million acres of Indian trust lands on an annual budget of $16 billion. The DOI’s operations are large and decentralized with more than 70,000 employees, 200,000 volunteers and 2,400 locations nationwide, Puerto Rico, the U.S Trust territories and freely associated states.

The ACFE’s Law Enforcement Partnership program was created to assist government agencies at the federal, state and local levels, both domestic and international, by providing various discounts and benefits upon recognition of the CFE credential. “I believe the program would be of great benefit to our agency and our employees,” says Hardgrove.

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of the Interior joins the ranks of government agencies such as the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Defense and Integrated Market Enforcement Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that have officially recognized the CFE credential for employees.

The Northern Chapter’s board members are Kevin Hills (Director) at Pinsent Masons (Vice President), Tony Cearns (Director of Audit) at Littlewoods (Treasurer), Liesel Annibal (Director) at Grant Thornton (Secretary) and Professor Paul Barnes (Fraud Prevention Research Centre) of Nottingham University (Training Director).

For further information, contact Alani Mundie: (512) 276-8177 or email

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