What to Report

Before you report a fraud, waste, or abuse to the OIG, please take a moment to review the information below. When you are ready to file a report, please be as specific as possible. Identify the type of fraud, waste, or abuse that occurred, and describe who, when, where, why, and how to the extent possible.

Listed below you'll find the definition of allegations reviewed by the Office of Inspector General. Our primary responsibility is to receive and evaluate your concerns and complaints, and to determine the area responsible to conduct an inquiry or investigate, if appropriate.

Glossary Of Allegations Reviewed/Tracked By The Office Of Inspector General (OIG).

Abuse of Power: Making excessive or improper decisions, choices, or appointments because one's authority allows them to do so.

Background Investigation: False information provided or failure to disclose information in connection with employee background investigation.

Bribery: The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing an action or the discharge of official duties.

Conflict of Interest: A clash between City interests and the private interest of an official that may influence that official's performance of duty.

Contract Fraud: Fraud in connection with City contacts or committed by City contractor(s), such as making false statements or false claims or providing a product less than called for in the contract.

Embezzlement: The fraudulent appropriation of City property or funds by one lawfully entrusted with its possession.

False Claims: A claim that contains information that is not true such as certifying delivery when no delivery has been made.

False Statements: Statement made to the City or an agency of the City that is knowingly false, or made recklessly without honest belief in its truth, and with purpose to mislead or deceive.

Falsifying Official Documents: To counterfeit, forge, mutilate, alter, make additions to, or tamper with an official City form or document.

Favoritism: Preference and selection based on friendship and factors other than merit.

Fraud: A false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of a fact which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive another so that they rely on it to their injury.

Kickback: Payment back by seller of a portion of the purchase price to a City official to induce purchase or to improperly influence future purchases or leases with that seller.

Mismanagement: A collective term covering acts of waste and abuse. Extravagant, careless, or needless expenditure of Government funds or the consumption or misuse of Government property or resources, resulting from deficient practices, systems, controls or decisions. Abuse of authority of similar actions that do not involve criminal fraud.

Misuse/Diversion of City Property (including computer equipment and vehicles): To improperly use City property or computer equipment or to use such items without proper authorization.

Misuse of funds/credit cards: To inappropriately distribute City funds or credit cards or to use those items without proper authorization.

Operational Issues: Problems at City agencies that have an adverse effect on operations.

Other: Allegation not covered by current list (be sure to provide specifics in summary).

Workers' compensation Fraud (employee): Fraud committed by a City employee in connection with a Workers' Compensation claim.

OWCP Fraud (medical provider): Fraud committed by a medical provider (including physicians, durable medical equipment vendors, pharmacies, hospitals, laboratories) involving a Workers' Compensation claim (billing the City for unnecessary medical services or medical services that were never rendered).

Theft: The act of stealing or taking City property without consent or authorization (can include computer equipment, IMPAC Card, supplies).

Timekeeping/Payroll complaints: Complaints involving timekeeping and payroll issues.

Travel Claims Fraud: Allegation that the City paid inappropriate or fraudulent travel claims submitted by a City employee.Unethical Conduct: Conduct by a City employee or official that does not adhere to professional standards.

Whistleblower Reprisal: Taking or failing to take a personnel action against any employee or applicant for making a complaint or disclosing information which the employee or applicant reasonably believes evidences a violation of any law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; a gross waste of funds or an abuse of authority. For example after an employee reported fraud to the OIG, the employee's supervisor issued the employee a Letter of Warning.