More Problems Detected in Calif. Parks Audit

September 11, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

A view of a blanket of clouds from Mount Tamalpais State Park in Northern California. A report has found that the state parks department lacks a system to track spending at individual parks. Photo courtesy of California State Parks and the Los Angeles Times

The California parks department, which was rocked by an accounting scandal last year, has not completely corrected its practices, according to a new audit.

The department still lacks a system to track spending at individual parks, said the report, released Tuesday. And its budgets are calculated too slowly for officials to adequately plan park operations, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The audit also found that more employees than previously believed were inappropriately reimbursed for unused vacation time. Roughly $42,000 was paid to several employees in 2010 and 2011, the report said. That’s on top of $271,000 already discovered in an internal review.

The payments did not follow state guidelines for when such reimbursements can be made, or they were made without the necessary approvals.

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