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The Internal Investigation Consulting Team

Strategic Management’s internal investigation consultants are unparalleled in their experience and expertise. They have:

  1. Provided training programs on internal investigations
  2. Presented at national and regional conferences on the subjects
  3. Delivered webinars on various methods/techniques in conducting investigations
  4. Published numerous articles on investigations

All team leaders have at least 30 years experience in conducting investigations; managing investigative programs’ and training others in doing them. Strategic Management experts have taught new and in-service classes to federal investigators at the FBI Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, as well as many years working as consultants to health care organizations.

Contact Strategic Management Services

Click on the profiles below to learn more about the unique internal audit expertise that sets our firm apart from the rest.

Richard Kusserow

Mr. Kusserow served as DHHS Inspector General for eleven years with a staff of 900 auditors, 350 criminal and civil investigators, and 150 management analysts. He has 35 years of investigation experience, both in the federal government and private sector. He previously served as a Special Agent/Supervisor for the FBI.

He is the author of several articles and books on investigation, including “Conducting Internal Investigations.” He was a frequent trainer at the FBI Academy on conducting complex investigations. He was twice elected national President of the Association of Federal Investigators, as well as national President of the Association of Government Accountants. He has provided many training programs and presentations on investigations, including facilitated programs and through webinars.

Mr. Cottos has over 35 years experience as an investigator for the federal government; and with the private sector advising and assisting health care clients. He began his career as a Postal Inspector, and then served the balance of his government career in the Inspector General community as DHHS Regional Inspector General for Investigations and later as Chief Inspector; and as Assistant Inspector General for the Department of the Treasury.

He has provided training sessions for both new and experienced Federal agents at the FBI Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Since his moving to the health care commercial sector, he has provided a number of facilitated investigative training seminar programs for clients, as well as webinars.

Al Bassett, JD

Mr. Bassett has over 35 years experience as an investigator for the federal government and with the private sector advising and assisting health care clients. He began his career as a Postal Inspector, and then served the balance of his government career in the Inspector General community as DHHS Regional Inspector General for Investigations and later as Chief Inspector; and as Assistant Inspector General for the Department of the Treasury.

He has provided training sessions for both new and experienced Federal agents at the FBI Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Since his moving to the health care commercial sector, he has provided a number of facilitated investigative training seminar programs for clients, as well as webinars.

Steve Brannan

Mr. Brannan is a health care compliance consultant providing advice on compliance and governmental investigations. He is an expert in health care compliance and False Claims Act cases and has on numerous occasions conducted in-depth document reviews and investigations to assist in learning the facts.

He has served on multiple occasions as a Corporate Compliance Officer. He served 26 years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He has provided a wide variety of training on investigations and has special credentials as a hostage negotiator.

Tom Herrmann, JD

Tom Herrmann served six years Appellate Judge for the Medicare Appeals Council, the final level of DHHS administrative review. In that capacity, he adjudicated many cases.

Prior to that, he was the DHHS OIG as Chief of the OIG Administrative Litigation Branch and managed the litigation of administrative sanction cases, as well as coordinated the handling of cases with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and OIG Office of Investigation. He supports the Investigative Forensic Team by providing guidance as to levels of evidence needed to support an action.

Steven Forman, CPA

Steven has ten years experience with the Firm and leads in financial forensic examinations and internal audit evaluation and management. He also served over ten years as Vice President, Internal Audit and Compliance for New York Presbyterian Hospital, the largest acute care provider in New York State where his duties included investigating financial and other irregularities.

Previous experience included heading the DHHS OIG Division of Resource Management and Operations; and prior to that he was the Executive Director of the National Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and Deputy Controller for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He is a long time member of the AICPA and Institute of Internal Auditors.

John Hapchuk, CFE, CGFM

Certified Fraud Examiner and forensic auditor with over 40 years of government auditing experience. He served as the DHHS Assistant Inspector General for Audit Management and Policy with the mission of finding fraud, waste, and abuse in the Department’s programs. His duties included overseeing and performing audits relating to Medicare and Medicaid.

He was the OIG national coordinator for a national government initiative referred to as Operation Restore Trust that was project that developed innovative ways to fight Medicare waste, fraud and abuse in home health care, nursing care and medical supplies and services.

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