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

January 4, 2011 |  6:01 pm

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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-- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration

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