Over the past decade, university-based False Claims Act (FCA) settlements that focus on the administration of federally sponsored research have steadily increased.
In May 2009, President Obama signed legislation broadening and strengthening the FCA by weakening or eliminating certain defenses to liability and obstacles to whistleblower claims. Since then, major research institutions have faced multi-million dollar settlements due to grant fraud, false certification findings and more. Most observers believe investigations of federally sponsored research will only continue to rise.
That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics has partnered with Baker Tilly, a full-service accounting and advisory firm, for a best practices distance learning program focused on how to protect against fraud claims, identify compliance risks, and deal with the fallout should you be called to defend against an audit.
Your esteemed team of presenters will help you to:
- Understand fraud as defined by the FCA
- Define warning signs and red flags that must be heeded
- Learn from examples of fraud and noncompliance
- Appreciate the devastating impact of fraud, including:
- Monetary damages
- Reputation damages
- Impact on licensing potential for university discoveries
- Detect, investigate, and monitor fraud
- Adopt standards and procedures for fraud and compliance policy creation and enforcement
Who Should Attend:
- Grant Administrators
- VPs and Deans of Research
- Technology Transfer Directors
- University Attorneys
- Technology Managers
- Licensing Managers
Your Team of Experts:
Raina Rose Tagle is a Partner with Baker Tilly, an accounting and advisory firm with more than 1,400 personnel nationwide. Raina leads Baker Tilly’s national Higher Education and Research Institutions practice. She provides services in the areas of internal audit, financial and operational risk management, construction audit, fraud investigation, technology risk consulting, and organizational governance. Raina started her career with Arthur Andersen, progressing to serve as a manager in the audit and technology risk consulting practices. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, she served as an interim executive director of several not-for-profit organizations, worked as chief financial officer of a technology consulting firm, and led her own consulting practice. Raina frequently presents at conferences of the Association of College and University Auditors, the National Council of University Research Administrators, and the Society of Research Administrators. She has also co-authored articles in the NCURA Magazine and Research Global magazine on topics such as investigating fraud, working successfully with internal audit, and using risk assessment in sponsored research.
Adrienne Larmett, a Senior Consultant with Baker Tilly, works in the firm’s higher education and research institutions practice. She has over eight years of industry and professional services experience. Prior to joining Baker Tilly she worked in sponsored research at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. Adrienne works with clients to provide guidance in the areas of grants administration processes, sponsored research compliance, internal audit, and fraud investigation related services. She focuses on helping universities mitigate risk and exposure related to sponsored research by helping them understand the federal and sponsor regulations that guide research, and by advising on industry best practices pertaining to policy and monitoring. Adrienne’s industry and professional experience include research development and procurement, pre- and post-award grant administration, sub-recipient monitoring, effort reporting, export controls, conflict of interest, IRB and IACUC compliance, and sponsored research compliance.