OK Health Departments React To Audit Claiming Workers Being Paid Twice

Monday, August 5th 2013, 10:45 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma and Tulsa county health departments react to an audit that claims government workers were being paid twice.

Two employees, the former Tulsa Human Resources Manager, and a Grant Writer are accused of "double dipping."

8/5/2013 Related Story: OKC Health Department Workers Accused Of 'Double Dipping' In Audit

The Oklahoma state auditor says some definite concerns were revealed in the audit. News 9 is told the board of directors is taking the allegations of "working the system" very seriously.

"We would hope that the employees would accurately state their time worked at both organizations," said Bob Jamison, Dep. Dir. of OCCHD.

But a 40 plus page audit showed that didn't happen. A grant writer and an HR director were working full-time at the Tulsa Health Department and part-time at the OKC Health Department and were logging hours at both departments at the same time.

"I know that they deny they were working for both organizations and claiming time, dual employment time," Jamison said.

Jamison says he believes their intentions were good, in fact, the two employees now work fulltime in Oklahoma City.

"I believe they quit and came to work for us full time," said Jamison. "From a part time position to a full time position."

A spokesperson with Tulsa's health department says they had no idea two of their former full time employees were part-timers in Oklahoma City.

THD's policy prohibits fulltime employees from working as an employee whether with or without pay where there is the "potential for a conflict of interest."

"We probably should have communicated better with them," Jamison said.

Both employees earned $20 to $21,000 dollars with their hours in Oklahoma City. OCCHD says they've recently put together a "process action team" to ensure government double dipping doesn't show up on their audit again.