Fraud Hotline report: Procurement card misuse in the Parks Ranger Program
The Auditor’s Office found evidence of waste when investigating a tip about spending in the Park Ranger Program. Ranger staff spent more than $6,000 on food purchases and $113 on a hat that was not a part of the ranger uniform. We referred findings and recommendations to the Parks Bureau. The Parks Bureau initiated an employee investigation and stated that since these transactions took place it has increased oversight, monitoring, and training.
Report | May 2020
Fraud Hotline report: Police Bureau put money that could have been used for other City priorities at risk when it failed to remedy concerns about grant funds
The Police Bureau risked spending more than $400,000 in General Fund money instead of federal grant funds because it did not heed warnings that the Sex Crimes Unit was out of compliance with grant requirements. A tip to the Auditor’s Office Fraud Hotline alleged that employees in grant-funded positions performed work unrelated to the grant and submitted inaccurate time sheets, and that supervisors were aware, but did not effectively investigate or remedy the concern. In response to the report, the Police Bureau created a committee to meet quarterly to review all grants, identify compliance issues, and notify the Assistant Chief of the Services Branch if it is unable to resolve any issues. The Bureau also said that it will review unbilled grant expenses to determine if it can seek more reimbursement.
Report | March 2020
Fraud Hotline report: Tip alleged procurement and ethics violations within the Water Bureau
The Auditor’s Office found evidence of procurement and ethics violations in an investigation prompted by a tip to the fraud hotline. The Water Bureau agreed to implement recommended process changes.
Report | February 2020
Fraud Hotline report: Golf director’s working retirement wasted money
Portland Parks & Recreation wasted resources and engaged in mismanagement and rule-breaking when it brought back a retired municipal golf courses director for additional work. The Auditor’s Office made six recommendations to improve Parks’ working-retiree practices; Bureau management agreed to implement only some of them.
Report | February 2020