Cities, States Allow Reporting Of Waste, Fraud, Abuse By Smartphone App
In Long Beach, Ca., six city employees were fired after people complained items had gone missing from impounded cars. Philadelphia auditors found safety issues in a dozen rental properties and $350,000 in unpaid taxes. In Richmond, Va., a city employee is on the hook for nearly $10,000 in bogus expenses. Stateline reports that all of these cases were brought to auditors’ attention by tipsters using hotlines or fraud apps, which allow smartphone users to report government waste, fraud and abuse anonymously. Cities and states have long had hotlines for reporting misuse of resources; mobile apps bring a new level of sophistication. They allow people to submit photos and videos in support of their claims; and in some cases auditors can use the app to respond and ask for follow-up information, all while maintaining a tipster’s anonymity.