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Whistleblower Protection: Hotline Information


TO: All Chancellor's Office Employees

FROM: Kristy Hawman, Director, Human Resource Services

DATE: June 26, 2017

RE: Report Improper Activity

The California State Auditor is your confidential avenue for reporting any type of improper activities by state agencies or employees. It is your responsibility as a government employee to report any type of fraud, waste, or abuse, which ultimately protects scarce budget dollars. It is important for you to be alert to any suspected misuse of these funds and report them to the California State Auditor.

If you report an impropriety, you are protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act, which:

  • Requires the State Auditor to protect your identity (except from law enforcement)
  • Prohibits intimidation, threats, or coercion by state employees that could interfere with your rights to disclose improper governmental activities.

In 2016 alone, 2,098 allegations of wrongdoing by state employees and members of the public were reported. These complaints triggered investigations that have revealed millions of dollars in wasteful spending, such as: complaints or inquiries. These complaints triggered investigations that have revealed millions of dollars in wasteful spending, such as:

  • A state department wasted at least $3.2 million in state funds and improperly paid $1.6 million in advance payments when it improperly used a master agreement to upgrade an electrical infrastructure within its facilities beginning in 2011.
  • Four psychiatrists at a state facility regularly worked an average of 22 to 29 hours per week during a one-year period rather than the required 40-hours per week average; in total they worked 2,254 hours fewer than what was required at a total cost to the State of $296,800.
  • A state employee forged military documents and falsely reported his time regarding purported reservist duties, ultimately receiving compensation and benefits totaling $6,000 to which he was not entitled

HOW TO REPORT

You have three ways to confidentially report information to the California State Auditor

  • Call the Whistleblower Hotline at:
    800-952-5665
    916-322-2603 (Fax)
  • Mail information to:
    Investigations, CALIFORNIA STATE AUDITOR
    P.O. Box 1019 Sacramento, CA 95812
  • Submit a complaint online to:
    http://www.auditor.ca.gov/hotline
    (Note: complaints not accepted via email)
    The head of the agency involved

You may also call the California Attorney General's confidential whistleblower hotlines at (800) 952-5225 or (916) 322-3360.


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Last Updated: August 23, 2017