By Jeff Pizzino, APR, Corporate Communications –
In Ukraine, a country plagued by corruption and political turmoil, the State Fiscal Service (SFS) has decided to implement the polygraph in greater measure in its recruiting process.
Ukraine Deputy Tax Minister Ihor Bilous made the announcement at the Anti-Corruption Forum held in Kiev. Bilous replaced the former minister after allegations that his predecessor orchestrated a massive tax scam, stealing billions of dollars from the country’s budget.
The SFS ― In Greater Detail
The SFS functions much like the American IRS, investigating tax infringements and other fiscal violations. In recent news, they confiscated about 5,000 tons of counterfeit fuel, worth about 65 million Hyrvnya (about 4.3 million American dollars).
For an organization that investigates big ticket items like this, the SFS need to find people they can trust have the appropriate training and knowledge base.
Bilous stated they would use the polygraph to ascertain how well the potential recruits know taxes, customs and anti-corruption legislation. He did not state that they would be using the polygraph to determine the loyalty or character of the applicants themselves, something a lot of companies and governments are focusing on these days.
One can only hope that using polygraph and other lie detection systems will help the rocky government of Ukraine find some stability.