Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

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Employees of federal agencies must remain aware of possible fraud, waste, and abuse of government funds and resources so as to report such activities when discovered. As an employee, you need to have a basic understanding of what fraud, waste, and abuse are, so that you can properly identify them and recognize when to report them. In this course, you'll learn how to recognize fraud, waste, and abuse and how to identify ways that you can prevent such conduct. You'll also explore the importance of promoting ethical behavior and the potential consequences of fraud. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


  • define fraud, waste, and abuse
  • identify the potential signs of fraud, waste, and abuse
  • identify the procedures for reporting suspected fraud, waste, and abuse
  • recognize the consequences for employees that commit fraud
  • identify and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse


  • Defining Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
  • Preventing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
  • Reporting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
  • Consequences of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
  • Exercise: Identifying and Preventing Fraud