Her latest report covers the period of July 1 through Dec. 31, 2008.
Look for my story in tomorrow's Bee about Howle's gem of a headliner: how General Services and the Department of Corrections and rehabilitation wasted $580,000 by leasing office space for four years that wasn't being used.
A second chapter tells how General Services wasted $3,000 by paying a private vendor for emergency preparedness training in Los Angeles, even though the California Highway Patrol provides the training free of charge.
But there's more. Howle's accounting gumshoes found several departments improperly paid state workers more than they were entitled to get:
- From October 2003 through March 2008, a Department of Fish and Game official improperly claimed $71,747 for commute and other expenses incurred near her home and headquarters. The employee said the expenses were approved.
- The State Compensation Insurance Fund paid an employee $8,314 for 427 hours that she did not work and that it had not charged against her leave balances.
- The Department of Justice paid an employee $648 that she did not earn and $497 for travel expenses that she did not incur.