Red Flag: Questionable Contract Amendments (Change Orders)

Questionable contract amendments, or “change orders,” include those that:

  • Increase the value of a contract without adequate justification or documentation;
  • Improperly increase the price of a sole source contract award above the sole source threshold;
  • Promptly follow a low bid award, making the contract price higher than other bid prices;
  • Are disproportionately approved for certain contractors, i.e., certain contractors receive multiple questionable change orders when others do not.

Questionable change orders are commonly used to fund bribe payments.

This red flag can indicate the following schemes:

Click on the schemes listed above to see more information on each scheme, a more complete listing of their red flags and steps to determine if the schemes are actually present.