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Two-Day Workshop: Strengthening P-Card Controls - Dallas, Texas

1/15/2013 to 1/16/2013

When: Tuesday, January 15 - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
From 7:30 a.m. 1/15/2013 until 12:15 p.m. 1/16/2013
Where: Omni Dallas Hotel
555 South Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas  75202
United States
Jessica Dressel


Two-Day Workshop:
Strengthening P-Card Controls and Using Forensic Analytics
to Detect Fraud, Errors, Waste and Abuse

January 15-16, 2013
  Day 1, January 15 | 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Day 2, January 16 | 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Omni Dallas Hotel
Arts District 7 - Meeting room
555 South Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 744-6664


An effective and efficient control environment that keeps pace with Purchasing Card program growth is critical to the success of every card program by helping an organization prevent fraud, misuse and waste. Is your program missing something, putting your organization at risk? How do you evaluate your program to identify potential threats?

Join us for this two-day course on incorporating effective preventive and detective controls into your P-Card program that includes the use of forensic analytics on your P-Card data. Forensic analytics involves obtaining and analyzing electronic data to reconstruct, detect or otherwise support a claim of financial fraud.
What You
Will Learn

Day One
On the first day, workshop attendees participate in an interactive lecture/presentation. The NAPCP's Lynn Larson will kick off the workshop, spending the morning focusing on the P-Card control framework—the people, processes and data that the controls must address. You will learn about:

  • factors that influence the control environment, helping you make informed business decisions
  • the benefits of a risk analysis and how to conduct one on your card program to identify control gaps and/or redundancies
  • considerations when evaluating data security, such as the security of P-Card account numbers, and what could happen if this control element is overlooked  
  • roles related to controls—those who need to be held accountable and their respective control responsibilities
  • the importance of having separation of duties and how to incorporate this within your program
  • managing program policies and procedures (P&P), and what the P&P should cover
  • controls related to opening and closing P-Card accounts
  • useful reports to aid your control efforts
  • two types of audits—transaction audits and process audits—and strategies to enhance the auditing program
  • utilizing audit results and compliance metrics to measure the health of your program

After lunch on the first day, Dr. Mark Nigrini will:

  • provide real examples of P-Card fraud, waste and abuse from the private and public sector
  • explain forensic analytics; the main steps in the process are data collection, data preparation, data analysis and reporting
  • share an example of an operational dashboard to give management a monthly high-level overview of the P-Card program
  • review and interpret, using a real-world case study, a series of forensic tests designed to detect fraud, errors, waste, and abuse; these tests, which could be easily adapted and used in a Travel Card program or other card environments such as Fleet Cards, start with some high-level overview tests and then dig deeper using highly focused tests to find the anomalies in your P-Card data

Day Two
The second day will be hands-on time where you will run the series of forensic monitoring tests using either your own data or P-Card data provided by the instructor, Dr. Mark Nigrini. These tests include the periodic graph, the data profile, the first-order test of Benford's Law, the summation test of Benford's Law, the last two digits test, the number duplication test, the largest subsets test, the largest subsets growth test, the same-same-same test, the same-same-different test, the relative size factor test, and the select vendor transactions test. The tests will be demonstrated in Excel and Access and you can choose to run the tests in either program (or you may use another program of your choice). The energetic conclusion to the workshop will be a summary of the main points, and a look at those aspects of the legal environment that play a role in the prosecution of fraud cases. Dr. Nigrini will make a compelling case for effective internal controls and an efficient, capable, and competent proactive fraud detection regime.

The hands-on format of the second workshop day will help you implement the methods and concepts when you return to work.


You will walk away with the skills necessary to:

  • assess the efficiency and effectiveness of P-Card program controls
  • monitor card transactions, through a series of detective controls, for signs of fraud, errors, waste and abuse
  • implement a basic corporate dashboard to give management a monthly high-level overview of P-Card activity
Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in expanding their education on how to: 1) evaluate and improve P-Card program controls, and 2) effectively use forensic analytics to support the control efforts is encouraged to attend this comprehensive course. This includes end-users and service providers.

It is best-suited for individuals with an intermediate level of P-Card experience who are familiar with the mechanics of P-Cards and program management strategies, but could benefit from a deep-dive into controls, as well as an introduction to forensic analytics. The course will especially benefit individuals who fulfill an end-user P-Card (or related) role such as:

  • program coordinator, administrator or manager
  • managers of the program administrator
  • treasurer
  • internal auditor, including the Office of the Inspector General
  • controller or comptroller
What You Need
to Bring
Attendees will maximize their workshop experience by bringing a laptop with Excel 2007 or Excel 2010 installed. Attendees from the same organization can share a laptop, if desired. The NAPCP will provide power strips, so attendees can keep their laptops plugged in.
What You
Will Receive

Each attendee will receive:

  • a hard copy of the presentation slides
  • a hard copy and electronic version of a P-Card controls evaluation form that you can use on the job
  • Excel templates and pre-written Access queries
  • a signed copy of Dr. Nigrini’s popular book, Forensic Analytics

An NAPCP end-user member from the public sector commented on Dr. Nigrini’s book, saying, "I have read the book four or five times and find it very useful as I develop tools for misuse detection."

CPCP Credit Workshop attendance is worth two CPCP points toward the initial eligibility requirements or recertification. Learn more about the CPCP program.

Lynn Larson, CPCP
Education Manager, NAPCP

Lynn Larson has been with the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP) since September 2003. She has extensive card experience, including serving as a P‑Card program manager for an organization within the Minneapolis area for nearly nine years. She regularly speaks on Purchasing Card topics at NAPCP events, as well as events hosted by other organizations. In June 2007, Lynn earned the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential, which she continues to maintain. In addition, Lynn has more than 10 years of experience in the procurement field.

Mark J. Nigrini, Ph.D.
Professor, The College of New Jersey

Dr. Nigrini teaches managerial accounting and forensic accounting at The College of New Jersey. His current research involves advanced theoretical work on Benford’s Law and the legal process surrounding fraud convictions. Dr. Nigrini is the author of Forensic Analytics (Wiley, 2011) which describes tests to detect fraud, errors, estimates, and biases in financial data. Nigrini is also the author of Benford's Law (Wiley, 2012). His next book titled Losing the War against Fraud will be published in April 2013. His work has been featured in national media including The Financial Times, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and he has published papers on Benford’s Law in accounting academic journals, scientific journals, and pure mathematics journals, as well as professional publications such as Internal Auditor and Journal of Accountancy. His radio interviews have included the BBC in London and NPR in the United States. His television interviews have included an appearance on NBC's Extra. He regularly presents professional seminars for accountants and auditors in North America, Europe, and Asia with recent events in Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

Cost and Buddy Registration Offer

Current rates through January 15, 2013:
NAPCP members, $685.00
Complimentary subscribers, $885.00

The cost includes: continental breakfast both days and a networking lunch on day 1.


The NAPCP is seeking an industry provider to sponsor the event. For more information, contact Kara Austrum at or telephone (952) 546-1880, ext. 7.

Workshop Schedule

Day one: Interactive lecture/presentation

7:30 to 8:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Evaluating and improving P-Card
program controls (Lynn Larson)
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Networking lunch (provided by the NAPCP)
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Forensic analytics (Dr. Mark Nigrini)

Day two: Hands-on case study (laptop required) using forensic analytics and real P-Card data.

7:30 to 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Hands-on time, review, and conclusion
related to the legal environment and fraud
12:15 p.m. Workshop concludes

Location and Directions Omni Dallas Hotel
555 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 744-6664
Hotel Website

Workshop will take place in the Arts District 7 meeting room located on the second floor.

Please click here for location and directions.
Accommodations and Logistics Reservations: To reserve a room, modify or cancel your reservation, please call Omni Reservations at
1-800-THE-OMNI or click here to be taken directly to the Omni Hotel Downton Dallas website.  The discounted group rate has expired.  Reservations are accepted on a space and rate availability basis. 

All reservations that fail to arrive on the scheduled arrival date will be considered no-shows and a charge of one nights room and tax will be posted to the individual's credit card on file.

Dress: Dress is business casual.
Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, please notify the NAPCP as soon as possible.

  • You may request to transfer your registration to a substitute delegate of equal membership status or request a future event credit (FEC) to apply toward another NAPCP event.
  • A partial refund will be issued for cancellations made one week prior the event start date.
  • A 50% administration fee applies. Registered delegates who do not attend or cancel less than one week prior to the event, are liable for the entire fee.
  • Cancellations must be in writing via e-mail to

PROGRAM CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS: The NAPCP reserves the right to make changes in programs and speakers or to cancel programs if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond its control prevail. The NAPCP will make every effort to contact each enrollee if a program is cancelled. If a program is not held for any reason, the NAPCP's liability is limited to the refund of the program fee only.


Contact us online or call (952) 546-1880, ext. 4



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