Watching the Watchdogs

Number 24088
Subject City Government
Source WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh)
State PA
Year 2008
Publication Date 11/24/2008; 11/25/2008; 12/3/2008; 12/04/2008
Summary The story documented how six tax investigators for the city of Pittsburgh were failing to do their job. Instead of looking for deadbeat businesses, they were shopping, taking four-hour lunch breaks or simply going home. Moreover, some of them got reimbursed for mileage on the days they were not working. Their jobs are especially critical in difficult financial times, when Pittsburgh is under state oversight because of its poor finances. The story had added weight because this was not an isolated case of one or two employees; the entire department has only eight tax investigators and this investigation found six of them goofing off.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 12
Keywords tax investigators; Pittsburgh; misconduct; city government;
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