Accession Number : ADA619503


Title :   How Program Managers Can Use Whistleblowing to Reduce Fraud Within Government Organizations


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY


Personal Author(s) : Ernst, Brian A ; Kubik, Jeffrey J ; Cruz, Angel F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a619503.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 101


Abstract : The objective of this project is to recommend how U.S. program managers can use whistleblowing policies to combat fraud within the Department of Defense. Whistleblowers are an underused asset for revealing hidden, immoral, fraudulent, or inappropriate actions within an organization. Not only may whistleblowing identify undetected problems, it may save lives and vast sums of money. This research project answers the following questions: 1) Why is whistleblowing important to a program management office and its chain of command? 2) What makes someone want to, or not want to, blow the whistle within their organization? 3) How can U.S. defense organizations position themselves to fully utilize the potential power of whistleblowing? The history of whistleblowing in the United States, its positive and negative impacts, and whistleblower decisionmaking are discussed and an open-systems organizational model is used to demonstrate why a formal whistleblowing process is beneficial. Finally, recommendations are provided as to how organizations can create or strengthen their whistleblowing polices.


Descriptors :   *CRIMES , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , LEGISLATION , MANAGEMENT , POLICIES , THESES


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE