Brian kearney presentation october 12th 2

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  • Before I give you more detail on our range of schemes, let me tell you more about the nature, scale and organisation of our business.Recall nature of payments to QAA and CDAAdmin costs – relatively efficient!!
  • The Personal Public Service Number (PPS No.) is an individual’s unique reference number for dealings with government departments and public bodies. It is necessary to have effective controls around the PPS Number registration process to guard against fraud and to protect the integrity of both the Department’s and an individual’s data. Evidence of identity is a vital element of the allocation process. Prevention and detection of pre-allocation fraud relies primarily on document examination. This October, the Department began the phased introduction of the new Public Services Card (PSC). The introduction of the card and the registration process is currently being piloted in Tullamore, Sligo and King’s Inn, Dublin local offices.It is anticipated that some 4,000 people will be issued with cards by end of year. While card roll-out will be done as securely and speedily as possible, it will take a number of years to complete. The initial focus will be on roll out to persons of working age. The roll out will be enhanced to the extent that the data of other public agencies (e.g. passport data) can be used. In addition, it is envisaged that other public bodies may be able to act as agents in the registration process; clearly security issues are paramount here. Discussions are currently taking place with a number of public bodies in this regard. As well as making it more difficult for people to have their identities stolen, the new card will help to reduce fraud and error which result from the incorrect identification of benefit claimants. It will introduce a highly secure card to replace cards currently in use, such as the Social Services Card and the Free Travel Card, after the Integrated Ticketing Scheme launches.
  • Brian kearney presentation october 12th 2

    1. 1. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL PROTECTION Special Investigation Unit and Control of Illicit Trade Brian Kearney Manager Special Investigation Unit Cork-Kerry-Limerick
    2. 2. Social Welfare ....is BIG Business        Expenditure €20 BILLION 1.4 MILLION weekly payments- .5 million Child Benefit monthly 87 million payments in 2012 2m applications made in 2012 8.4m telephone calls answered 1 million control reviews carried out 7200 staff at 470 locations
    3. 3. Special Investigation Unit  PREVENT –DETECT- DETER SOCIAL WELFARE FRAUD  89 Social Welfare Inspectors working exclusively on fraud countrywide  Black -Shadow – Grey- Hidden- Informal Economy -Social Welfare Fraud – estimated cost 2.4%- 4.1% of social welfare budget  Multi-agency Approach with Revenue/Gardaí/GNIB/NERA/National Transport Authority/County Councils/Corporations etc.  Data and Information Sharing with other Government Agencies  Prosecutions
    4. 4. What a Social Welfare Inspector can legally do        Enter any place where she believes there is employment Require employer to produce records Require attendance of employer Interview all persons on premises Require person interviewed to sign statement Power to Require a person to produce documents or information Power to seize documents
    5. 5. Social Welfare Inspector Powers on Road Checks & Airport Checks    Power with Gardaí or customs (in uniform) to stop any vehicle where the social welfare inspector reasonably suspects is used in the course of employment or self employment and Power to question and make enquiries of any person in the vehicle Power to attend at any port or airport and where there are reasonable grounds to question and make enquiries of a person who is a passenger
    6. 6. MULTI AGENCY VEHICLE CHECKS
    7. 7. ANTI FRAUD INITIATIVE 2011-2013  “Social welfare fraud undermines public confidence in the entire system as well as being unfair to other recipients of social welfare payments, [and] taxpayers and businesses [that] run on a legitimate basis”.      Enforcement Integrated response Strong ties between public agencies. Police the hidden economy, Sanctions for perpetrators and recover lost revenue
    8. 8. SIU -WHAT WE DO! Targeted Hidden Economy Projects  Multi Agency Road Checks  Identity Fraud Checks  Data Matching  Respond to Good Citizen Reports  Share intelligence with other Government Agencies and UK and EU agencies 
    9. 9. SIU -WHAT WE DO!  OPERATION AIRSIDE  OPERATION SITE  OPERATION TRANSPORT  LIFSTYLE AND ASSETS  STREETSCAPES PROJECTS  DATA MATCHING PROJECTS  TARGETING ORGANISED FRAUD  GOOD CITIZEN REPORTS  SIU IS TARGET DRIVEN- SAVINGS (€70ml.) AND PROSECUTIONS (300)
    10. 10. Multi-agency Approach with Revenue/Gardai/GNIB/NERA/NTA/CO COUNCILS        Joint Investigation Units – with Revenue- Customs Gardaí –MAVC’s-working with Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation – sharing intelligence- CAB Garda National Immigration Bureau National Employment Rights Agency National Transport Authority Enforcement Team County Council Waste Enforcement Officers Regional Hidden Economy Working Groups
    11. 11. Multi Agency Co-operation  Time is right for a multi agency approach  Intelligence sharing, collaboration, joint operations, data sharing  Building networks and relationships  Positive Public Perception
    12. 12. ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS  New Public Service Card with Key security and identification features  20 Gardaí added to the Special Investigation Unit in 2014  Improved sharing of information and Data Matching between Government Agencies – better technologies  Targeting Internet Shopping and Business  Raising Public Awareness of the effects of Illegal Trade- Social Welfare Fraud
    13. 13. Thank You Contact Brian.kearney@welfare.ie  Visit www.welfare.ie  Collaborate in stopping illegal trade  By phone: (01) 6732123, (071) 9672648 or Lo-call: 1890 927999.  By Post: Central Control Division, DSP, Shannon Lodge, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. 

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