Interview Questions: Hidden Interests

Questions that might reveal a hidden interest by project or government officials in a supplier, contractor or subcontractor include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that any project or government official, or any relative of such official, has a hidden interest in a supplier, contractor or subcontractor? Do you know, or suspect, […]

Interview Questions: Collusive Bidding by Contractors

Questions that might reveal collusive bidding include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that certain bidders have engaged in collusive bidding? Do certain companies win contract awards on a rotating basis, or obtain the majority of work in a particular area? Do losing bidders appear as sub-contractors to the winning bidder? Are […]

Interview Questions: Rigged Specifications

Questions that might reveal rigged specifications include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that contract specifications are drafted to favor certain bidder? Have any competitors complained that the bidding specifications are too narrow or rigged to favor a certain bidder? Are any contract specifications drafted, in whole or part, by a contractor? […]

Interview Questions: Unbalanced Bidding

Questions that might reveal unbalanced bidding include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that any bidder has received inside information not available to other bidders, such as that certain line items will not be called for after contract award? Have there been complaints by bidders that the contract specifications are incomplete, vague […]

Interview Questions: Excluding Qualified Bidders

Questions that might reveal the exclusion of qualified bidders include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that qualified companies are excluded from the bidding process? Are unduly strict or unreasonable pre-qualification procedures employed that limit the number of bidders? Are requests for bids adequately publicized? Is the time period for potential bidders […]

Manipulation of Bids Interview Questions

Questions that might reveal the manipulation of bids include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that bids are manipulated or changed after receipt? Are the bid evaluation criteria fair and transparent, and followed in practice? Are there instances or a pattern of information or documents being removed from bids after receipt? Have […]

Interview Questions: Bribes and Kickbacks

Questions that might reveal the payment of bribes and kickbacks include: Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that kickbacks are being paid? Questions to identify parties and potential witnesses include: Please identify all persons and organizations that might be involved in suspect transactions, including all: Contractors Subcontractors Suppliers Agents or middlemen Project […]

Confidential Reporting Systems (“Hotlines”)

See, for example, the World Bank’s external website page to report fraud and corruption: http://www.worldbank.org/fraudandcorruption Outsourced confidential reporting systems, see e.g., www.ethicspoint.com.  

Is The Complainant Credible?

The credibility of a witness depends on such factors as whether he or she: Has direct knowledge of the facts in issue, as opposed to second-hand or “hearsay” information; Has a motive to fabricate information, or the contrary: Has provided reliable information in the past, or the contrary; Is willing to be identified, at least […]

Initial Interview Questions By Scheme

See suggested questions to ask about each of the schemes listed below during the initial interviews.   Adjust the questions as necessary to the facts and circumstances of each case, and obtain further pertinent detail (who, what, when, where, why and how) as appropriate. Corruption Bribes and Kickbacks Questions Hidden Interest Questions Bid Rigging Change Order Abuse Questions […]