Public sector procurement officials at the federal, state, and local level are responsible for very significant expenditures and must manage a network of third-party suppliers and contractors. Yet public agencies often lack the resources afforded to the private sector, contend with more cumbersome restrictions, and carry the added responsibility of protecting taxpayer dollars.
Public procurement departments are often decentralized with limited data and insights on current spending, and contract language and controls are frequently not standardized across suppliers.
Established procedures and policies must be followed to ensure a fair and transparent contracting process. Committing to a robust audit of expenses and supplier contracts provides insight into current spending, serves as a supplier performance scorecard, and protects the public against fraud, waste, and abuse.
Experience is an express lane to recovering revenue leakage resulting from accounts payable and indirect spending agreements. Cotiviti relies on industry-leading audit IP, advanced technologies, and experienced auditors to review data across tens of thousands of invoices and contracts. Cotiviti shares insights from across all suppliers in our database to provide a 360-degree view of issues that can lead to lost profit and to identify emerging trends and developments that can transform your supplier relationships.
Our team, supported by best-in-class technology, begins an engagement understanding the unique challenges you face in optimizing supplier relationships and realizing value across the procure-to-pay lifecycle. Root cause insights spanning an entire marketspace and varying types of agreements result in greater accuracy and performance.
When dealing with a substantial volume of transactions and supplier contracts, vulnerabilities and errors are bound to erode a company’s bottom line. An Accounts Payable (AP) Recovery Audit is a safeguard to ensure that you are realizing value by reviewing supplier data to spot overpayments and under deductions. Cotiviti’s AP Recovery Audit uses a combination of advanced technology and highly experience auditors to identify leakage in key areas:
Duplicate payments, overpayments, payments to incorrect vendors, and missed discounts are all possible when organizations process millions of transactions every year.
Cotiviti utilizes distinct audit methodologies and investments in proprietary technology, data mining, and analytics to uncover these errors that may otherwise go unnoticed.
A Cotiviti statement audit helps companies realize efficient cash flow. Often, funds are "missing" due to unprocessed credit memos, unapplied cash, misapplied credit memos, netting of open invoices, discrepancies in credit memo amounts versus chargeback amounts, and invoicing payment anomalies.
Our highly experienced team review supplier statements to identify variances that can produce corrections in your favor.
Government procurement departments execute hundreds of indirect spend contracts for goods and services with complex terms and conditions that often go unchecked—and can represent millions of dollars in overpayments. Confirming compliance with contract terms is critical to ensure what was negotiated was received, but identifying errors is just the first step on the path to complete payment accuracy. Supplier cooperation is critical, but not always easy to obtain. A skilled audit partner with an extensive network of supplier relationships can best navigate the negotiation and settlement process to drive a fair and favorable outcome for all involved.
Goods not for resale (GNRF) or indirect spend categories that Cotiviti reviews across a variety of industries include:
Cotiviti’s experienced Contract Compliance audit team completes hundreds of audits per year for our government clients, deploying a mix of proprietary technology and highly experienced teams to review the terms, conditions, and intent of suppliers’ contracts and compare them with goods and services actually delivered. We identify anomalies to contract intent thorough analysis of key cost, pricing, and profit elements within each contract. The risk profile we have developed can help identify potential audit opportunities.