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  • Tuesday, June 25 | 3:35–4:50 PM

    CPE: 1.5

    Level: Basic

    Recommended Prerequisites: None

    Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

    It is important that public oversight organizations, such as Offices of Inspectors General, Internal Audit, and similar agencies, remain impartial to have the confidence and credibility of the public, elected leaders and the media. Conducting fraud examinations while being apolitical and objective can be challenging. This session will provide helpful suggestions to navigate the rough seas of state and local politics. It will discuss how to maintain professional relationships with elected and appointed leaders, maintain transparency with the media and public, and protect your credibility.

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Identify how to guard credibility — the most important asset an oversight agency has
    • Compare methods to avoid the perception of political biases and partiality
    • Distinguish ways to engage with elected leaders and the media while remaining apolitical and objective
    • Recognize the value of transparency and its benefits, to include visibility and awareness, while protecting credibility

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    David Harper, CFE, CIG, CFCI

    Inspector General, Florida Department of Financial Services

    David T. Harper is the Inspector General for the Florida Department of Financial Services, where he leads a team of investigators and auditors in providing oversight services to promote accountability, transparency and improved efficiencies, while deterring, detecting and investigating fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. Previously he was the appointed Inspector General for the City of Albuquerque, where he led a similar mission to protect the public trust.

    Harper retired in 2016 from a 40-year Air Force career with combined active duty and civil service. He spent 35 years as a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), where he primarily oversaw and investigated allegations of fraud and financial crime. He had a variety of assignments in counterintelligence and fraud investigative positions in Los Angeles, New York City, Sacramento, Munich and Berlin, Germany. He was the Special Agent-in-Charge for the AFOSI Boston area office and concluded his federal career as the Chief of Economic Crime, at HQ AFOSI, Quantico, Virginia.

  • dharper headshot
    David Harper, CFE, CIG, CFCI

    Inspector General, Florida Department of Financial Services

    David T. Harper is the Inspector General for the Florida Department of Financial Services, where he leads a team of investigators and auditors in providing oversight services to promote accountability, transparency and improved efficiencies, while deterring, detecting and investigating fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. Previously he was the appointed Inspector General for the City of Albuquerque, where he led a similar mission to protect the public trust.

    Harper retired in 2016 from a 40-year Air Force career with combined active duty and civil service. He spent 35 years as a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), where he primarily oversaw and investigated allegations of fraud and financial crime. He had a variety of assignments in counterintelligence and fraud investigative positions in Los Angeles, New York City, Sacramento, Munich and Berlin, Germany. He was the Special Agent-in-Charge for the AFOSI Boston area office and concluded his federal career as the Chief of Economic Crime, at HQ AFOSI, Quantico, Virginia.

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