The California State Auditor's Office is your confidential avenue for reporting improper activities by state agencies or employees. It is your responsibility, as a government employee, to report any type of fraud, waste, or abuse,which ultimately protects scarce state resources, and to be free from retaliation for doing so.
In 2017 alone, the State Auditor received 2,147 allegations of wrongdoing, most of which concerned misuse of state property, improper travel expenditures, and time and attendance abuse. Whistleblower complaints through the State Auditor triggered investigations revealing more than $576 million in wasteful spending, such as:
To view our investigative reports, please visit our Web site: State of California Auditor Investigative Reports
To view an informational webinar hosted by CalHR, search “California Whistleblower Hotline” on YouTube
Pursuant to Government Code section 8547.2, subdivision (b), improper acts by a state agency or employee that should be reported to the State Auditor include:
The State Auditor does not have the authority to investigate violations of internal department policies or procedures.
If you report an impropriety, you are protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act, which:
If you believe that you have been retaliated against for disclosing an improper governmental activity, you should report this immediately to:
You have three ways to report information to the State Auditor confidentially:
(Note: The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, callers may leave a brief recorded message during other hours.)
(Note: The state auditor does not accept complaints sent by e-mail.)
We investigate complaints and report the substantiated allegations to the head of the employing agency, the Legislature, and the Governor. In addition, some of the substantiated allegations will be reported to the general public, keeping confidential the identities of the state employees involved. These reports may be viewed on our website at California State Auditor. Substantiated violations of law will be referred to appropriate law enforcement agencies, as appropriate.