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The Construction Audit & Cost Control Institute Presents Seven Questions CEOs Can Use to Gain Insight into Construction Fraud
Date:8/28/2013

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 28, 2013

Courtenay Thompson, a recognized authority on construction fraud and corruption training and presenter of our seminar, Construction Fraud: Detection, Prevention & Response (October 7-8 in Dallas), recommends seven questions CEOs can use to gain insight into construction costs.

The CEO can play a role in assuring good stewardship. Seeking answers to these seven questions demonstrates the CEO’s interest and can provide insight.

1.    What is our history with construction projects, and have we learned from our mistakes? As unpleasant as overcharge and corruption can be, there can be benefits for owners including learning from past problems, improving processes, recovering costs and sometimes debarring contactors.

2.    How well do we know our contractors? What is their performance history with us and others? Owners with cost overruns subsequently learned the contractor had a history of large overruns. Litigation searches revealed contractors and subcontractors had bribed others.

3.    Do our managers understand what is required for success in construction projects? Recent construction troubles have included avoidable cost overruns, performance failure and construction-related fraud. Success in construction requires owner discipline in defining not only scope but also cost. Success requires constant vigilance by owners, monitoring performance and billing. In a world marked by downsizing and doing more with less some owners are not providing the resources needed to manage projects.

4.    Do our leaders (elected officials, corporate executives or board members) insert
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