FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2015
CONTACT: Amanda Smith, Amanda.Smith@sen.ca.gov; (949) 223-5037
CA Nonpartisan State Auditor Report Finds Caltrans Engineers Playing Golf for 55 Workdays While “On The Clock”
Another Sign of Reform Needed At Troubled Agency
(Sacramento, CA) – Today, the California State Auditor released its findings of an audit of Caltrans, showing that Caltrans approved the time sheets of an engineer who played golf for 55 workdays from August 2012 to March 2014.
After being reassigned in April of 2014, supervisors continued to fail to directly supervisor this engineer from May to June of 2014. His time sheets were still approved during that month-long period.
“This is another example of desperately needed reform at Caltrans,” said Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). “This engineer played golf for 55 days, and Caltrans supervisors approved his time sheets.”
“How can we ask Californians to pay more for road repair without fixing Caltrans?” continued Moorlach. “We have no confidence that Caltrans is spending money properly. None."
“When your overstaffed by 3,300 employees, I guess the only thing you can do is play golf,” concluded Moorlach.
This news comes on the heels of a report by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) which found Caltrans to be overstaffed by 3,300 employees at a cost to taxpayers of half a billion dollars a year. The LAO also found that Caltrans lacked basic accounting systems and relied on bad data for their budgeting processes.
See the video HERE.
The State Auditor’s Report can be found HERE.