The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 9, 2009
Administration launches new waste reporting Web site

The Schwarzenegger administration says it wants to encourage state workers to report government waste through a new feature on its Reporting Transparency in Government Web site, called "Waste Watchers."

The site allows anonymous online reporting of government waste, although submitters can leave their name and e-mail address if they'd like. An administration official will monitor the site, said Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear, "and we'll investigate every submission."

Anyone can submit a report. The administration expects that state employees will have plenty to offer.

"State workers are on the front lines," McLear told us this afternoon. "They see waste in government more clearly than anyone else."

McLear also took care to remind us that the Web site was sparked by a reader's suggestion during The Bee's webcast session last Friday with his boss.

Look for a formal announcement about the new program on Wednesday, although the site is already live. McLear said that the administration will soon post a telephone number. Click here to see the Waste Watchers site, which also can be accessed from a button on the Reporting Transparency in Government homepage.

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