Initial Contact: First Steps

In the event an auditor or agent shows up unannounced at your office, here are key tips to remember:

  1. Be cordial—let the auditor/agent know that the university’s intent is to cooperate with the government’s request.
  2. Verify credentials—ask for official identification and note down in writing the name of the individual(s), agency name, and agency contact information.
  3. Ask the auditor/agent if they can provide information regarding the nature of the request, audit, or inspection.  
  4. Inform your supervisor and the compliance officer or contact person for your department or university.

If you receive a search warrant, subpoena, legal-related demand for information, complaint, or other legal document, contact the university’s Office of the General Counsel, (907) 450-8080,