As many as 987 of you may have observed misconduct during the past 12 months and not made a report

The National Business Ethics Survey (NBES), periodically published by the Ethics Resource Center, is the pre-eminent source of information about workplace conduct through the eyes of employees themselves. In the most recent survey, 41 percent of workers surveyed said they observed misconduct on the job. Of those who said they observed misconduct only 63 percent said they reported what they saw. Based on this survey, what could that mean for us in DOT? If you take 6,500 as an average number of employees, 2,665 could have observed misconduct. Of those, 1,678 people would have made some form of report – … Continue reading As many as 987 of you may have observed misconduct during the past 12 months and not made a report

Inventory Controls at the State Aluminum Structures Shop

Recently, the Contract Audit section issued an audit report evaluating the effectiveness of internal controls in place at the State Aluminum Structures Shop (SASS) in Oviedo, FL. The SASS is part of the Structures Operations division within the Office of Maintenance (OOM) and serves dual purposes for the department. The SASS’s primary purpose is to store, repair, and deploy temporary bridging for emergency and bridge construction detour operations. The SASS is a vital unit of the department, dedicated to providing maintenance, construction, and fabrication support during times of declared emergency, such as the recent Hurricane Irma, which affected much of … Continue reading Inventory Controls at the State Aluminum Structures Shop

The Importance of Tracking Public Records Requests

Florida has one of the oldest and broadest public records laws, first established in 1909. The Florida Department of Transportation Open Government Bill of Rights provides that a public record request does not have to be made in writing, unless specifically required by statute. A major challenge for the Department is tracking public record requests. During a recent complaint investigated by the OIG, the complainant alleged employees failed to comply with public records requests and failed to respond to inquiries in a timely manner. As part of this inquiry, the OIG looked at Department records provided in response to the complainant’s public … Continue reading The Importance of Tracking Public Records Requests

Review of South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

In February 2017, State Senator Jeff Brandes requested the Florida Department of Transportation (department), Office of Inspector General (OIG), review the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority’s (SFRTA) Procurement Policy and compare it to the State of Florida procurement requirements. This request was initiated when SFRTA awarded a contract (Agreement 16-010) in excess of $511 million to Herzog Transit Services, Inc. Senator Brandes also requested that the OIG determine if SFRTA followed its Procurement Policy in awarding Agreement 16-010 to Herzog Transit Services, Inc. In preparation for the 2016 Request for Proposal (RFP), SFRTA elected to bundle four contracts for services … Continue reading Review of South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

OIG Annual Report

Each year, the Office of Inspector General is required by statute to prepare and submit an annual report which includes a description of activities relating to the development, assessment, and validation of performance measures; a description of significant abuses and deficiencies relating to the administration of agency programs and operations disclosed by investigations, audits, reviews, or other activities during the reporting period; a description of recommendations for corrective action made by the OIG during the reporting period; the identification of each significant recommendation described in previous annual reports on which corrective action has not been completed; and a summary of … Continue reading OIG Annual Report

Customer Surveys are In!

At the conclusion of our audits and investigations, we send a short survey to department management to assist us in determining whether or not we have met the needs of our customers. We use the responses regarding timeliness, sufficiency and value-added as part of our performance measures and have now included them in our Smart Goals. While we appreciate all responses, as they can only help us to better understand our customers and their needs, we are particularly proud when surveys are returned with responses being “Strongly Agree.” Two audit projects, Information Technology Resource Expenditures Audit (Dennis Mottesheard) and the … Continue reading Customer Surveys are In!

US DOT News

FHWA Suspends Wisconsin Company and Owner On August 31, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended and proposed to debar National Structural Bearings Corporation (NSBC), and its owner, Raymond Dandan for a period of 36 months. On June 27, 2017, NSBC and Dandan, agreed to a $196,991 civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, North Carolina. The agreement settled allegations that NSBC made false claims to the United States. Since April 2009, NSBC had manufactured elastomeric bearing pads, which are shock absorbers for bridges. It subsequently sold them to contractors performing work on North Carolina Department of Transportation … Continue reading US DOT News

US DOT News

Iowa Construction Company VP Pleaded Guilty to False Statements in Connection with a Federal Highway Project On July 27, 2017, Jenna Wilson, former vice president of K&L Construction, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, was charged by information in U.S. District Court, Sioux City, Iowa, with making false statements about a highway project. On August 7, 2017, she pleaded guilty. The investigation was based on a joint referral from the Iowa Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (IA-DOT) relating to a construction contract on a $16 million FHWA-funded reconstruction of the I-29 Sioux Interchange Project, on … Continue reading US DOT News