Office of the City Auditor
The Fraud Hotline is designed for reporting suspected cases of fraud, waste, or abuse. The Fraud Hotline is not a substitute for employment-related grievances or appeals, as existing City policy and procedures provide channels for resolution of these issues.
Face to face reporting is always the best form of communication, although that is not always feasible. Current City procedures and/or department instructions state that all complaints should be sent through the chain of command. However, recognizing that employees are not always comfortable going through the chain of command, the Fraud Hotline is another vehicle to report waste, fraud or abuse.
The City Auditor will at all times maintain the confidentiality of all complaints, associated reports, working papers, and other documents. Similarly, Departments investigating reviewing allegations shall also maintain the confidentiality of all complaints.
The City of San Diego will not retaliate, nor will it tolerate retaliation against those who, in good faith, report suspected ethics violations or who participate in an investigation of suspected ethics violations. An act of retaliation should be reported immediately to the City Auditor for referral to the Personnel Director, who will investigate any such report as a potential ethics violation. In addition, those who bring matters to the Office of the City Auditor are protected through the state Whistleblower Protection Act.
In order to process your complaint, a minimum amount of information is needed. Please ensure that you have the following information before contacting the hotline:
Once the complaint form report is completed by The Network, the City's independent third party provider, The Network emails the report to the Office of the City Auditor. The City Auditor will investigate all complaints received related to fraud, waste, and abuse.
Any non-fraud related complaints made to the Fraud Hotline will be reviewed by the City Auditor's Hotline Intake and Review Committee. This committee is composed of (1) the City Auditor (2) the Personnel Director, and (3) the Labor Relations Director or their designees. This committee will review all complaints pertaining to employee relations, discrimination, harassment, and personnel related complaints. The committee will review the complaint and determine whether it meets the criteria for further investigation. The Hotline Intake and Review Committee will not review complaints referred to the Ethics Commission or complaints related to fraud, waste, or abuse.
In most cases, non-fraud related complaints will be referred to Departments for further review and investigation. The City Auditor will send the affected Department Director a memorandum notifying him or her of the complaint and requesting a response and advising of the process for resolving the complaint, if necessary. The Office of the City Auditor ensures, through monitoring and reminders to the designated Department head, that timely investigative and resolution activities are undertaken in response to complaints received through the hotline.
Department Directors have the responsibility to provide a reply that addresses the following:
If a hotline complaint is substantiated, the following enforcement consequences may occur for individuals found to be at fault: