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Friday, July 15, 2005

Extended Outreach site visit - how was I picked?

What did you do to deserve a site visit? Nothing; you are the victim of chance.

I was on a conference call where a representative of the SLD explained the selection process for site visits. He said that as the stream of invoices went through the payment process, a few were plucked from the stream. My understanding is that invoices are selected after they have been approved for disbursement.

When I pointed out that such an approach would mean you could cut your audit risk by invoicing once a year instead of every month, he said that they had an algorithm for selecting invoices that compensated for that. Like many SLD processes, the algorithm for the selection is secret, so I don't know of any way to reduce your chances of being selected.

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