New Audit Uncovers Irregularities, Lack Of Oversight Of SF Muni Overtime

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) spends $25 million annually on Muni operator overtime, but a new audit by the City’s Controller says as much as 40% of that overtime isn’t documented or verified.

Part of the problem, according to the audit, is with Muni’s payroll system, though management is being assigned a portion of the blame, too. Specifically, supervisors are said to be lax about verifying employee overtime when timesheets are submitted. A review of payroll documents also found that five operators were given birthday premium pay twice in a single year.

“It’s a very rare circumstance,” suggested Paul Rose, spokesman, SFMTA. “But we’re going to learn from these experiences and learn from this audit to improve that.”

For his part, Mayor Ed Lee suggested Muni’s oversight of some details may have been the unfortunate consequence of a system that’s trying to improve service for riders.

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