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Countywide review ordered after $514,000 in cellphone waste found at child welfare department

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ordered all county department chiefs to review cellphone and data card use after an audit found that the county’s child welfare agency wasted $514,000 on devices that were never used or used for questionable ends, such as calls to other countries.

“These findings indicate a lack of oversight over cellular telephone issuance and usage and require immediate action to ensure that public funds are not wasted on unnecessary equipment and services, and/or inappropriate personal use of county cellular phones,” said a joint motion by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Gloria Molina.

In a unanimous vote, supervisors told all county agencies to review their cellphone and data card use and report back to county Chief Executive William T Fujioka within 30 days of their findings. It also requested county staff to create a uniform county policy to prevent questionable spending on cellphone use, as well as coordinate a follow-up audit to make sure departments are keeping track of their phones.

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“These findings indicate a lack of oversight over cellular telephone issuance and usage and require immediate action to ensure that public funds are not wasted on unnecessary equipment and services, and/or inappropriate personal use of county cellular phones,”

The findings indicate a lack of oversight by the board of supervisors as well. C'mon, exactly why wasn't there a standard policy already in place. This is not rocket science, one would think the county should be able to reconcile all of it's policies and identify any missing standardized policy not in place. Just how much of our money is wasted by these ineffective managers of our money?

Why not just shut the entire malfeasant mess down and save MILLION$?

Leonard Henderson, co-founder
American Family Rights
http://familyrights.us
"Until Every Child Comes Home"©
"The Voice of America's Families"©

Let's hope the review doesn't cost another half-million.

Just think, how Many Families, could have really been Helped, with CPS waste-$514,000!!! Whew, abuses abound?

Thank-you Michael Antoniovich!

This is the tip of the iceberg. If one department in one county is wasting $500k just on cell phones, imagine what the total countwide, statewide, or nationwide waste must be! Before the government raises our taxes one cent, this sort of waste should be eliminated nationwide.

Why do they find only "One" out of dozens of other fraudulent cases??

This and the city of Bell cases are what I have been waiting for! Let's clean up this government!

types of these exposes are just normal here in the philippines

If you sign up for two years the cell phones are free. You can have all the cell phones you need for nothing.

Folks need to go to jail.

Tip of the iceberg !

Why is it that these "reviews" only occur after an article exposes the waste and the incompetence? In the meantime, no one in power will suffer any consequences for the rip off of the taxpayer...business as usual...but in the meantime, you are beginning to hear the drums beating for Prop 13 revisions. Guess it is time for more pension enhancements and raises for our overworked government employees. Might as well sign over your deeds to the state now and get it over with.

Lets hope Jim Goodin and the entire long beach parking enforcement are next, look into thier unlawfull contract with "citation processing center" which has no business lic. in long beach OR in Huntington Beach where they have a P.O. Box to receive payment, which means it was illegal for them to have bid on the contract or be hired by long beach, but hmmm seems that the lady who owns citation processing is a friend of Jim's.... Can we say "conspiracy to defraud the public" next headline "City of Long Beach indicted under RICO act"

The Board of Supervisors needs to be given the boot. This is ridiculous, it's just one thing after another. When will enough be enough?


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