Imagine yourself in the following scenario:
You are working as a relatively well-paid consultant, on a precarious day rate contract. Your client is a large government agency. You’ve been hired to bring commercial acumen to a project that, by any reasonable measure, has been an abject failure (a year overdue on an 18 month timeline, tens of millions in overspend).
The supplier has a global track record of sharp practice and, a few years ago, was found guilty of bribing public officials.
In your work, you find two major errors or omissions in the supplier’s work and recommend these are used as commercial leverage to improve the outcomes for the taxpayer.
A peer actively works against this advice and commences a campaign of attacking you personally.
In your experience, this behaviour is highly suspicious. The best explanation is incompetence and commercial naivety, but there is also a not insignificant chance of corruption.
A cursory background search of the individual reveals almost a decade working at an organisation that was shut down due to deep and systemic corruption. The individual also has an active Ltd company, despite being a salaried public servant, with a contractual restriction against “moonlighting”.
What do you do?
At any other time of my career, I would be gunning for this person using the auditors and whistleblower legislation.
In this time of COVID19 shutdowns and imminent recession, I’m less keen to put my family’s financial well-being at risk however.
Any suggestions on how I can manage my way through this without utterly compromising my personal values?