The Importance of Effective Subcontractor Due Diligence

By Joy Charles, ARG Senior Project Manager

Every Chief Executive should periodically assess the veracity of information shared with clients about the effectiveness of subcontractor due diligence reviews by asking: "How is my organization ensuring that appropriate due diligence reviews are conducted?"  When that client is a government agency, the question becomes more about ensuring that subcontractors meet the standards of responsibility as defined in procurement rules such as the Federal Acquisition Regulations Subpart 9.1.  Of course, irrespective of whether the client is in the public or private sector, the bigger question should be: What is the organization doing to create and sustain a culture of compliance with all laws and regulations?  A positive answer to this question is important to ensuring that organizations have the means to detect, prevent and otherwise deter the possibility of fraud, waste, and abuse from infiltrating the organization.  Effective due diligence aligned with corporate values should be the standard for how companies conduct business in the marketplace.  But what exactly, you may ask, is due diligence, and why is it important?

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ARG Project Manager Johanna Medina receives recognition for her work as the FasTracks Business Opportunity Outreach Manager

Johanna Media, FasTracks Business Opportunity Outreach Manager has been nominated as an employee of the month for August 2014.  Johanna has the responsibility of the day-to-day components of the DBE/SBE Program - establishing processes, maintaining status reports, keeping RTD on track with established DBE/SBE Goals, she works closely with the small business owners keeping them compliant with the contract and making sure they are certified and up to date on all required certifications.  She also addresses inquiries, issues and addresses concerns and importantly is assuring we beat the goals without problems.  Thanks for all your hard work Johanna!

Click here to view her certificate of recognition.


Former ARG associate Martell Dyles oversees RTD’s innovative workforce training program

It’s not every day a city can lay claim to building a program so compelling that other cities want to emulate it, but that’s exactly what is happening with Workforce Initiative Now or WIN, the job training initiative developed by Denver’s Regional Transportation District.

Established by RTD in 2011, WIN continues to build on its growing reputation as the industry benchmark for training skilled workers for the transportation industry.

The regional program, funded in part by a Federal Transit Administration grant, partnered with the Community College of Denver, Denver Transit Partners and other private companies and government agencies to train people to work on construction, transportation and public infrastructure projects.

Now peer agencies around the country are following RTD’s lead.

Since WIN’s inception, 388 people have landed jobs that have kick-started their careers or have enrolled in advanced training opportunities for incumbent employees.

As the demand for more and better public transportation rises in the United States over the coming years, the need for mechanics, track operators and other skilled employees is likely to increase, too, said Martell Dyles, who manages the WIN program for RTD.

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