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The state auditor's office yesterday released one of its regular reports on state employees behaving badly, highlighting examples of state workers taking improper gifts, fabricating expense receipts, failing to report used vacation time and otherwise costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Many of the investigations were prompted by whistle-blower complaints. You can read the full report here, but here are a few highlights:
- During the course of six years, a Cal/OSHA inspector taught university classes on state time and failed to take leave for the hours she was out of the office. Cost to the state: $67,716. The inspector also charged Cal/OSHA for mileage expenses to and from the classes on several occasions, according to the report. The inspector has since resigned.
- An employee at California State University Northridge allowed a small phamaceutical company to use a university laboratory at no charge for almost five years, costing the university more than $20,000. In its response to the report, the university said it would recoup the costs.
- An employee of the California Architects Board allegedly faked receipts for $392 in lodging and meal expenses that she did not actually incur, according to the report. She and her familiy also regularly accepted discounts from a hotel she used for state business. According to its response included in the report, the Architects Board was investigating.
- The Department of Social Services exempts an estimated 3,000 so-called "heritage schools" after-school programs from child care licensing requirements, "potentially putting children at risk," according to the report. The agency agreed with the audit's findings and will begin applying the licensing requirements to heritage schools.