Charity Work on Taxpayers’ Time

A recent San Diego city audit revealed that 26 San Diego employees spent work hours working on a charity that is not a recognized tax-exempt organization.

City Auditor Eduardo Luna said an investigation began after a tip was received by the office’s waste and fraud hotline.

The auditor found that a city department director allowed 26 employees to use an unknown amount of hours to raise money for the organization using city vehicles, facilities and time.

The manager sanctioned the time as “a morale and team-building program,” and did not require the employees to document any taxpayer-paid time spent working for the organization.

Auditors could account for approximately two-thirds of the money raised, and said inadequate recordkeeping and internal controls made it impossible to track the rest. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, September 25).

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