extra help - june 2022
Released June 2022
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We undertook this audit due to concerns about the length of time employees remained in extra help positions and the associated budgetary impact. This audit assesses whether controls are in place to manage extra help expenses across all funds.
- The city has no mechanism to easily track extra help use and alert leadership when extra help positions are approaching the policy time limit.
- Extra help positions are created administratively and are subject to less oversight than the city’s formal pay and classification system.
- About 17% of extra help employees had been in their positions beyond one year, and one employee has held her extra help role since July 2013.
- Between fiscal years 2019 through 2021, of the city’s 25 departments, 16 to 18 departments incurred an extra help budget deficit in at least one fiscal year.