Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Audit uncovers overtime pay for apparently no work

More education related bad news from the District's Inspector General. This time it is regarding overtime paid to DCPS employees. It seems that there was a lot of overtime money paid, but no one really knows if any work was actually performed.
A review of pay records for five custodians, two boiler-plant operators, one mechanic and four motor-vehicle operators found that the 12 workers earned $448,753 in overtime in 2004.

The audit also notes lax overtime controls in the school system's transportation division, which is under the control of a court-appointed administrator.

From 2003 to 2005, the two custodians who cleaned floors in bus terminals earned a combined $96,389 in overtime for what was billed as "Project Cleaning."

"Transportation officials signed overtime request forms totaling more than $96,000 although they never observed work being done," auditors wrote.

The terminal managers told the auditors that the two custodians "did not significantly assist" in keeping terminals clean.

Moreover, the audit found that documentation was often missing in the school system's payroll office to justify overtime pay.
Your tax dollars at work (or not, as the case may be).

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