THE 20 MOST FREQUENTLY MISUSED WORDS FOUND IN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS

Like most investigative supervisors, I have read a lot of investigative reports. Sadly, I have seen many common words misused again and again in those reports. Our language is partly to blame. English is filled with exceptions, inexplicable rules, homonyms, synonyms, and unnecessarily unusual spellings. But misused words, diminish the author’s credibility and can confuse […]

INVESTIGATING WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINTS

Though the famous consumer advocate, Ralph Nader is often credited with the first use of the term whistleblower, its origin dates back to the late 19th Century. The first whistleblowers were the famous British unarmed police officers affectionately called, “bobbies”. Whistleblowing bobbies would “blow the whistle” so that good citizens could be alerted to help […]

ALLEGED PLAGIARISM CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM

Jonathan Bailey * Last week, Andrew Kaczynski at CNN reported that Monica Crowley, President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, had committed plagiarism in her 2012 book entitled What The (Bleep) Just Happened.[1] In the report, Kaczynski highlighted approximately 50 instances where there was text copied, without attribution, from a variety […]

NEVER TOO SOON FOR SPRING CLEANING

Spring cleaning is a seasonal desire to freshen up our surroundings after a long winter, to put away the old, and bring out the new. This desire should extend to our business operations as well, to review and reconsider policies and procedures which may have “grown a few cobwebs” and dusty over the years. Particularly […]

FAITH

Faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It is the belief in God, his power and his mercy. It is the ability to believe when no one else believes. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things yet seen or realized. It is neither oppressive nor […]