IDOT: Bridge inspections, overtime pay criticized

From Illinois News Network

Overtime pay inconsistencies, lack of financial and inventory controls, and untimely local bridge inspections are all problems at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). That’s according to the state’s Auditor General.

In a report published this week the Auditor says IDOT lacked controls to ensure employees’ overtime hours were appropriately documented and reasonable.

The report indicates that 67 percent of tested employee overtime cards contained 50 instances where the cards were signed by a supervisor instead of the employer. IDOT paid a combined $84.9 million in overtime for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

The report also says 46 local bridges were overdue for routine inspections as of May of last year with one due for an inspection as far back as 2003. State bridges appeared to be inspected timely, according to the report.

There were also issues with the department not being able to locate over 770 computers over two years among other inventory tracking problems, and the department had inadequate controls to prevent inappropriate vendor payments.

The report says IDOT agreed with the auditors findings and recommendations.

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