Documents & Publications


Investigative Products Issued Fiscal Year 2021-2022



11/17/2021
152-21035
Falsification of Records
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint regarding possible falsification of records related to a Department project. Specifically, the complainant alleged earthwork density readings were falsified in a density logbook to ensure the readings met the requirements. Based on the interviews conducted and records reviewed, the OIG did not find any evidence to support the allegation that the individuals falsified earthwork density testing.

09/28/2021
152-20075
Unsafe Job Practices
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint wherein it was alleged a Department employee did not properly set up Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) on Department projects. The complainant further alleged the Department employee failed to contact Sunshine 811 prior to digging on project sites where utility and gas lines were buried underground. The complaint was assessed for investigation under Sections 112.3187-112.31895, Florida Statutes, Florida Whistle-blower’s Act. It was determined the complaint met the criteria and as such, the OIG conducted an investigation in accordance with the Florida Whistle-blower’s Act. Based on interviews conducted and records reviewed, the OIG found the subject failed to contact Sunshine 811 prior to digging on project sites. The OIG did not find conclusive evidence to support the allegation that the employee failed to set up proper MOT. The OIG provided recommendations to District management regarding safety procedures training.

09/13/2021
152-20089
Improper Disposal of Department Equipment
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint wherein it was alleged a Department employee did not properly dispose of surplus equipment. The complainant further alleged issues of unsafe job practices, which are being addressed in a concurrent OIG investigation. The complaint was assessed for investigation under Sections 112.3187-112.31895, Florida Statutes, Florida Whistle-blower’s Act. It was determined the complaint met the criteria and as such, the OIG conducted an investigation in accordance with the Florida Whistle-blower’s Act. Based on interviews conducted and records reviewed, the OIG found the destruction method of the equipment, while not a recommended course of action, is not in violation of Department policy; however, appropriate forms documenting the destruction of property were not completed. The OIG provided recommendations to District management regarding property destruction processes.

09/08/2021
152-19151
Waste of Funds and Conflict of Interest
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint wherein it was alleged consultant employees were out of compliance with contract job descriptions and pay requirements. Additionally, concerns were reported that excess equipment was purchased for a Department project prior to approval of the project. The complainant also reported a potential conflict of interest wherein a Department employee immediately went to work for a Department consultant after leaving the Department and performed similar job duties. A review by the OIG confirmed consultant employees were misclassified for their positions. Regarding the purchase of equipment, the OIG observed the project never materialized, and an alternate use for the equipment should have been found, or returned in accordance with the contract. The OIG confirmed the consultant employee was performing similar duties to their Department position, which could have led to the perception of a conflict of interest.

09/01/2021
152-21063
Theft of Personal Items
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received correspondence regarding the possible theft of items by an unknown person from Department offices located in the Burns Building, to include phone chargers, a bottle of perfume, computer mice, and other miscellaneous minor items. The OIG conducted interviews of employees who had reported items stolen in an effort to obtain additional information regarding a possible subject. No additional information was obtained to support further action by the OIG, and no additional missing items have been reported to date. As such, the OIG considers this matter administratively closed.

08/12/2021
152-21022
Materials Substitution
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) was contacted by the State Materials Office, and was advised of possible product substitution by a Department vendor, who supplied materials for a Department project. The OIG conducted interviews with vendor staff at their facility, conducted on onsite inspection of the work area, and reviewed pertinent records relative to procedures, processes, and documentation related to Department vendor project requirements. Based on the interviews conducted and records reviewed, the OIG found no evidence to support the allegation that a vendor employee substituted materials on a Department project without proper documentation. As such, the OIG considers this matter closed.