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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Wag of the Finger: California Auditor Releases List of 'Improper Activities by State Employees'

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Can't blame the State Auditor for getting right to the good stuff. On a just-released report with the title "Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees" for the latter half of last year, the auditor decided to cut right to the bullet points. Some highlights of the report's highlights:

  • A former high-level official with the Department of Fish and Game's Office of Spill Prevention and Response could not prevent $71,747 of travel expenses she was not entitled to from spilling into her pocket (the state's response: "Pending");
  • The Department of Corrections wasted $580,000 by leasing an office space it left vacant for four years;
  • Corrections also failed to collect $1.3 million for hours three employees spent working on union activities.

Other, somewhat cryptic problems unearthed by the auditor include "viewing of inappropriate Internet sites and misuse of state equipment" at Cal Poly Pomona; "Dishonesty" at the Department of Consumer Affairs -- Contractors State License Board; and a cool $26.7 million of goods acquired improperly by the California Prison Health Care Services sans competitive bidding. 

Read the whole report here.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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