General initial interview questions

Every case and every interview is, of course, different, but many of the questions below should be relevant at the outset of most cases.  Cover as many of the following points as possible and follow up for more detail on each as appropriate: The full names, job titles and contact information for all persons and organizations […]

Interview Questions: Unjustified Sole Source Awards

Questions that might reveal unjustified sole source awards include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that unjustified sole source awards have been made to certain contractors? Are sole source contracts being awarded without adequate justification or review? Are multiple sole source contracts being made to certain contractors just under the sole source […]

Interview Questions: Leaking of Bid Information

Questions that might reveal leaking of bid information include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that inside information is being is being leaked to bidders? Are there instances or a pattern of: Winning bids being very close to budgets or estimates? The winning bidder being just under the next lowest bidder? The […]

Interview Questions: False Statements and Claims

Questions that might reveal false statements and claims include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that any contractor is submitting false statements or claims? Have there been instances of, or a pattern of discrepancies between, contractor’s statements and claims and supporting documentation Have there been instances of supporting documents apparently being altered […]

Interview Questions: Fictitious Contractor

Questions that might reveal a fictitious contractor include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that any contractor may not actually exist, except to invoice for non-delivered goods or services? Can any one employee or procurement unit order, receive and approve payment for goods and services? Are all paid contractors listed on the […]

Interview Questions: False, Inflated or Duplicate Invoices

Questions that might reveal false, inflated or duplicate invoices include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that a contractor is submitting fraudulent invoices? Are adequate steps taken to verify the authenticity and legitimacy of invoices prior to payment? Are disbursements made based on original or verified invoices only? Is adequate supporting documentation […]

Interview Questions: Change Order Abuse

Questions that might reveal change order abuse include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard about, abuses in the change order process? Are proper procedures for requesting and approving change orders followed?  If not, what are the exceptions? Do certain contractors receive an unusually high number of change orders?   If so, who receives […]

Interview Questions: Failure to Meet Contract Specifications

Questions that might reveal failure to meet contract specifications include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that a contractor has intentionally failed to meet contract specifications? Have users complained about the quality of goods or works provided by a contractor? Have subsequent, independent tests or inspections revealed that a contractor has failed […]

Interview Questions: Product Substitution

Questions that might reveal product substitution include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that any contractor might be substituting inferior quality or unapproved products? Have you observed or heard about any unusual or generic packaging of products? Are there any indications of apparently used or reconditioned products being furnished as new? Have […]

Interview Questions: Split Purchases

Questions that might reveal split purchases include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that purchases are being split to avoid competitive bidding? Are there instances of multiple awards to the same contractor just under the competitive bidding thresholds? Are there instances of two or more simultaneous purchases from a contractor in amounts […]