Gloria Ferris

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from the ODOT site, some search results: “waste, fraud, and abuse”

with 3 comments

If you feel that, in the handling of our genuine, sincere, authentic objections to the concrete sound-barrier walls in the Brooklyn Centre and Tremont neighborhoods, we have been given short shrift, been ignored, been given the run-around, or unfairly foreclosed from the process of determining our own destiny, then perhaps you might want to click the link at the end to report your suspicion of waste and/or fraud and/or abuse. We are located in ODOT’s district 12, which has a recent history of mismanagement, fraud, kickbacks, and theft.

Why else would a transportation department of a state want to pay 165% more than a green, sensible solution would cost, unless there were arrangements of which the public knew nothing? We’ve been objecting as neighborhood groups  to the concrete barrier walls since 2005, and yet ODOT seems intent on delivering them, despite our objections, and they refuse to investigate greener solutions.

All this is happening in a department where the director’s bio at its outset advertises her position on green issues as being in consonance with the governor’s (emphasis mine):

Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jolene M. Molitoris strengthens Governor Strickland’s commitment to moving Ohio into a prosperous new world, by investing in a safer, more multi-modal, greener transportation system to create jobs and revitalize Ohio’s cities and towns.

Seems this new world, too, is determined to handle the natives roughly. Here are some guidelines for us native types for registering a report of suspected waste, fraud, and abuse:

U.S. DOT, OIG Hotline Page 1 of 2

OIG Hotline Complaint Center
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) maintains a Hotline to facilitate the reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) programs or operations. You may report such allegations through the contact information listed on this page.
Allegations may be reported by DOT employees, contractors, or the general public. OIG’s Hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is operated by a third party contractor.
The OIG Hotline is obligated to expeditiously forward all safety-related complaints to DOT’s safety regulatory agencies.

Issues that should be reported:

Contract, Procurement, and Grant Fraud
Environment, Health, and Safety Violations
Computer Crimes
Product Substitution and Suspect/Counterfeit Parts
Bribery, Kickbacks, and Gratuities
False Statements and False Claims
Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Violations
Travel Fraud
Theft and/or Abuse of Government property
Stimulus Abuse: American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 (ARRA) violations
Other Violations of Federal Laws and Regulations

Callers are encouraged to provide relevant and specific details of their complaints, including the identity of the person, company, or organization alleged to have engaged in wrongdoing; a description of the alleged impropriety; the DOT facility and program affected by the alleged misconduct; contract numbers; date(s) of alleged wrongdoing; how the caller is aware of the alleged impropriety; the identity of potential witnesses; and the identity and location of supporting documentation.

Complaint processing:
Upon receipt of a specific allegation of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement, the OIG may take any one of the following actions: open an investigation or audit; refer the matter to DOT management for appropriate review and action; or refer the allegation to another Federal agency. Allegations with limited specificity or merit may be held in abeyance until further, specific details are reported.

Callers may remain anonymous:
Individuals who contact the Hotline, via telephone or letter, are not required to identify themselves to the Hotline operator. However, persons who report allegations are encouraged to identify themselves in the event additional questions arise as the OIG evaluates or pursues their allegations.

The Office of Inspector General will protect the identity of complainants to the maximum extent possible by law. Confidentiality is established by Section 7(b) of the Inspector General Act of 1978, which precludes the IG from disclosing the identity of a DOT employee who reports an allegation or provides
information, without the employee’s consent, unless the IG determines that disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation. Non-Department of Transportation employees who report allegations may specifically request confidentiality. 6/25/2009

If you want to report an allegation of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement at the U.S. Department of Transportation, you may do so by using one of the following methods:
On-line Complaint Form
Call 1-800-424-9071 (toll free).
Fax your concerns to 540-373-2090.
E-mail your concerns to
Mail your concerns to: DOT Inspector General, P.O. Box 708, Fredericksburg, VA 22404

Other Resources:
1. Our online privacy policy can be found at
2. Inquiries about DOT press releases, programs and operations, publications, and energy information data can be made at the DOT home page or by calling the DOT Public Affairs Office at 202-366-5575.
3. If you would like to locate a DOT employee, please call the operator at 202-366-4000.
4. Questions about motor vehicle registration or state drivers’ licenses should be directed to state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. A listing of state Departments of Transportation may be found here.
5. If you are concerned about motor vehicle recalls or would like to file a complaint about defective motor vehicle, you should contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit the NHTSA Hotline website.
6. For questions involving your rights when moving household goods, please visit our Household Goods Movers Media Room.
7. If you are seeking consumer-related information, is a "one-stop" link to a broad range of Federal information resources available on-line. It is designed so that you can locate information by category, such as Food, Health, Product Safety, Your Money, and Transportation. Each category has subcategories to direct you to areas within individual Federal
websites containing related information.
8. If you are a Federal employee or job applicant with concerns regarding prohibited personnel practices, including non AR A whistleblower reprisals; Hatch Act violations; or other workplace improprieties, please visit the Office of Special Counsel’s website at for more information.
9. If you have a safety-related complaint concerning FAA, such as an aircraft incident or violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), you may contact FAA’s Safety Hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, at (800) 255-1111. Their website is
10. If you feel your employer or a driver is violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and/or the Hazardous Materials Regulations, or if you have been victimized by a household goods moving company, broker, or any other carrier, you may file a complaint with the FMCSA National Consumer Complaint Database, You may also call 1-888-DOT-SAFT (368-7238), Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM EST, to speak to a representative who will assist you in filing a complaint.
11. Additional information regarding ARRA and related whistleblower protection can be found at,, and at
U.S. DOT, OIG Hotline Page 2 of 2 6/25/2009

Search Results: fraud and abuse

Written by Gloria Ferris

June 16th, 2010 at 11:35 am

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