WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM

  WHAT TO  REPORT  

Pursuant to Government Code section 8547.2, subdivision (c), improper acts by a state
agency or employee
that should be reported to the State Auditor include:

  WHAT  WE  CAN'T  INVESTIGATE  

We do not have the authority to investigate either violations of internal department policies or procedures or local government agencies and employees.

  WE  PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY  

If you report an impropriety, you are protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act, which:

If you believe that you have been retaliated against for disclosing an improper governmental activity, you should report this immediately to one of the following agencies:

State and Court Employees
State Personnel Board
801 Capitol Mall, MS53
Sacramento, CA 95814

California State University Employees
Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
310 Golden Shore, Room 115
Long Beach, CA 90802

Or contact the appointed campus administrator.

University of California (UC) Employees
Contact the locally designated official for the UC facility at which you are employed. Visit www.ucop.edu for more information.

  YOU  CAN  REPORT  IMPROPER  ACTS  

We are your confidential avenue for reporting improper activities by state agencies or employees. It is your responsibility, as a government employee, to report any type of fraud, waste, or abuse, which ultimately protects scarce state resources. It is also your right to be free from retaliation for doing so.

In 2021 alone, we received 1,281 allegations of wrongdoing, most of which concerned waste of state funds, misuse of state resources, improper contracting, and time and attendance abuse. Whistleblower complaints through our office have triggered investigations revealing $584 million in improper spending, such as:

  WE  INVESTIGATE  COMPLAINTS  

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We report substantiated allegations to the head of the employing agency, the Legislature, and the Governor. In addition, we report some of the substantiated allegations to the general public, keeping confidential the identities of the state employees involved. You can view these reports on our website at:
www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/investigative

We refer substantiated violations of law to law enforcement agencies, as appropriate.



HELPFUL TIPS WHEN  FILING A COMPLAINT

Prepare Before Filing

Gather your thoughts before filing a complaint and prepare yourself to answer the following questions:

  • What is the improper activity?
  • Who acted improperly?
  • Where does that person work?
  • How often and for how long has the activity been occurring?
  • Why has it been allowed to continue?

Support What You Allege

We are unable to investigate allegations without support for your complaint. Therefore, please remember to include the following:

  • Description of the evidence that proves what you are alleging.
  • Names and telephone numbers of knowledgeable witnesses.
  • Copies of any documents you have in your possession that support your allegation.
    (Please do not submit original documents, as they cannot be returned.)

Consider Providing Contact Information

You have a right to file a complaint anonymously. However, we may not be able to investigate your complaint if we cannot talk to you to confirm the information you are providing or obtain additional information. Please remember that if you identify yourself to us, we cannot reveal your identity to anyone else without your permission, except to appropriate law enforcement personnel who are conducting a criminal investigation.

Keep Your Complaint Confidential

We investigate complaints as confidentially as possible to protect both your identity as a whistleblower and our ability to gather information without interference. To protect the confidentiality of your complaint, we encourage you not to tell anyone that you filed a complaint with us.

To view an informational webinar hosted by CalHR, visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WFYLhJDOss