Mayor Buckhorn Starts Internal Fraud, Waste, Abuse Hotline

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that the City of Tampa will start a hotline for employees to anonymously report instances of waste, fraud, and abuse in February 2013.

"Every tax dollar should go towards making Tampa a better place to live, work, and play. Our employees serve with honesty and integrity, and this gives them a new mechanism to help us prevent fraud, waste, and abuse," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

The goal is for the hotline to give employees an opportunity to report significant instances of fraud, waste, or abuse anonymously. All employees will be able make a report anonymously either via phone to the hotline or via a third-party website. The Internal Audit Department will manage the hotline for City employees.

Instances of fraud, waste, or abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inefficient or wasteful use of city resources
  • Official misconduct or conflicts of interest
  • Personal use of City-owned vehicles or equipment
  • Violations of City procurement policy
  • Tampering with public records

Once up and running, City employees will be able to report instances of fraud, waste, or abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The City will contract with The Network, Inc. who manages anonymous report hotlines. The contract with Network, Inc. goes before Tampa City Council on Thursday, December 20, 2012.