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Pamplin ethics symposium features talk by alumnus, SAIC executive on multimillion dollar fraud scheme


   

Douglas Wagoner Douglas Wagoner

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 5, 2013 – The multimillion dollar fraud scheme involving a major Virginia contractor and New York City’s payroll project will be the topic of the Pamplin College of Business Symposium on Business Ethics on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Virginia Tech’s Burruss Auditorium.

In the guest lecture, “SAIC and CityTime,” Pamplin alumnus Douglas M. Wagoner, a senior vice president at Science Applications International Corporation, will discuss the scandal that developed from his company’s contract to build a new timecard system for New York.

SAIC, based in McLean, Va., agreed in March 2012 to pay more than $500 million to settle the case, which the Manhattan U.S. Attorney called “one of the largest and most brazen frauds ever committed against the City of New York.”

Wagoner directs SAIC’s Gemini Program, which will plan and execute all aspects of splitting the company into two publically traded firms. One firm will focus on solutions and products for the national security, health, and engineering markets; the other will focus on enterprise information technology and technical services primarily for the federal marketplace.

Wagoner was previously senior vice president and general manager of SAIC’s homeland and civilian solutions business unit. He began his career at EDS (now HP) after earning an MBA at Virginia Tech in 1990. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the College of William and Mary.

At EDS, Wagoner worked in finance and administration and business development, where he focused on Army and defense agency programs.

He left EDS for identification and credential verification services provider ChoicePoint (acquired in 2008 by the parent company of LexisNexis), where he started the public sector business unit. He then served as chief operating officer of DSA, an information technology communications consulting firm to the defense and intelligence agencies.

Wagoner is active in several professional and philanthropic organizations. He founded TechAmerica’s Committee on Intelligence, and was instrumental, through his congressional testimony on security-related matters, in the passage of security clearance reform legislation.

He received a “Fed 100” award from Federal Computer Week for his leadership in the federal information technology marketplace and was named Executive of the Year, for businesses under $100 million, by Washington Technology.

During his Virginia Tech visit, Wagoner will meet Pamplin faculty members and doctoral students for an informal seminar. The symposium, the 22nd annual event, will be part of a series of campus events exploring ethical issues in various disciplines during “Ethics Week,” March 18-23.

“As in previous years, we will be tying this symposium in with graduate and undergraduate strategy courses and ethics courses taught in Pamplin,” said Rich Wokutch, a management professor who teaches in the area of business ethics.

“We invite faculty teaching other courses to consider ethical issues related to the subject matter of their courses and to use the guest lecture as part of the discussion.”

The symposium is sponsored by the Business Leadership Center of the Department of Management and by Pamplin accounting alumni Robert F. Hogan Jr., who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and Jorge Del Alamo Jr., who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1969, and his wife Lin.

Previous symposium speakers have included academics, authors, government officials, and executives from Tyco, Enron, Arthur Andersen, and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

The talk is free and open to the public, no tickets needed. Find parking information online. For assistance, call 540-231-6353. The talk will also be videotaped and live webcast.

Questions about the speaker and other ethics-related events should be addressed to Richard Wokutch.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.