OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — An audit of Oakland’s workers’ compensation program finds city employees accepted $23,000 in inappropriate gifts from a contractor during two training summits in 2007 and 2008.
The audit also finds Oakland’s Risk Division spent $10 million more than the $13 million it was allowed under the budget without ever getting approval from the City Council. The Risk Division is the office that oversees the city’s workers’ compensation program.
“The Risk division was unchecked for years. It wasn’t until the audits started to dive into this area that the administration really came in and started to address these issues,” said Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby.