Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Department of Justice announced today the formation of a National Procurement Fraud Task Force (see here). The task force will involve numerous government agencies and will be modeled after the Katrina Fraud Task Force (see here). Included in the list of priorities for the task force are: "Identification and prosecution of viable procurement fraud cases through coordination with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and OIG field offices." Interestingly, a white paper was issued by a US Attorney in Virginia on the issue of procurement fraud (see here) back in February of 2005. That white paper (see here) was the work of Eastern District of Virginia USA Paul McNulty. The new initiative of the DOJ is headed by the same Paul McNulty, who now serves as the Deputy Attorney General. Did he bring to this new office his agenda, or did this agenda bring him to the office of Deputy Attorney General. Or does it really make any difference as long procurement fraud gets prosecuted.