YouTube Videos ‘All Day Long’: Employee Misconduct Cost California $427K, Audit Finds

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One state employee watched hundreds of YouTube videos featuring recreational vehicles, crime scene footage and political or religious commentary while on the clock.

Another staffer billed the state tens of thousands of dollars in expenses as she commuted from San Diego to work in Sacramento over the course of about two years.

The incidents were among several included in a twice-yearly report from the California state auditor’s office that highlights a variety of employee misconduct and waste throughout state government, such as using official vehicles for personal transportation and billing the government for inappropriate expenses.

“Our investigations found wasteful and improper travel payments, improper promotion and hiring practices, and misuse of state resources,” State Auditor Elaine Howle wrote in a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom. “In total, we identified about $427,000 in inappropriate expenditures.”

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A graphic provided by the California state auditor depicts a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee's YouTube viewing habits. " Although we cannot quantify the exact amount of time the administrator spent viewing videos instead of performing the duties for which the State paid him, the initial allegation claimed that he watched YouTube videos 'every day, all day long, five days per week,'" the audit reads.
A graphic provided by the California state auditor depicts a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee’s YouTube viewing habits. “Although we cannot quantify the exact amount of time the administrator spent viewing videos instead of performing the duties for which the State paid him, the initial allegation claimed that he watched YouTube videos ‘every day, all day long, five days per week,'” the audit reads.

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