State Audit Details Misconduct by State Workers

I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me going in the morning like a little taxpayer-funded impropriety. On that note, thanks, Sacramento Bee.

An executive at the Department of Health Care Services kept a “do not hire” list for almost two years that may have run afoul of anti-discrimination laws, according to an audit disclosing recent improper activities by state workers.

The health care executive appeared to be the highest-ranking state worker to be investigated in State Auditor Elaine Howle’s latest report on public employee misconduct.

Other examples included a parole agent who misused a state vehicle for her personal commute, a Caltrans analyst who spent about seven hours a week taking extended smoke and lunch breaks beyond the time she was supposed to use for meals, and a university librarian who perused websites related to online video games for about 85 hours at work in a 13-month period. The audit does not name the individuals involved.

But wait, there’s more!

Another incident of serious misconduct took place at the Board of Equalization, where two tax technicians improperly helped a former colleague win business by steering companies in need of tax help to him. One of the BOE tax technicians also disclosed confidential taxpayer information, such as Social Security numbers, to the former colleague.

Eight other examples of employee wrongdoing are contained in the report. In all, the misconduct cost taxpayers $40,000 in time, resources, and improper payments, the State Auditor concluded.


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