Arlington County Launches Employee Financial Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline

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  • Tool for County employees to report suspected financial fraud, waste and abuse
  • Solely for Arlington County Government employees
  • Run by a third party company
  • New administrative whistleblower policy also added

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan has announced the launch of the Employee Financial Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline. The hotline is a confidential and secure way for Arlington County Government employees to report suspected financial fraud, waste and abuse. The hotline is run by an experienced third-party provider, and employees may choose to remain anonymous when reporting.

“By putting in place whistleblower protection and a fraud, waste, and abuse hotline, we are reinforcing County government’s deep commitment to good and ethical government,” Donnellan said. Both safeguards are part of the emphasis she has placed on high ethical standards during her tenure as County Manager.

How the employee hotline works

The hotline will be available to employees 24/7. They can either call in or contact the hotline through a secure website, and can choose to provide their name or remain anonymous. A County Review Committee, composed of staff appointed by the County Manager, will review each report and take the appropriate action.

Whistleblower policy

In addition the Employee Financial Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline, Arlington also has developed an administrative whistleblower policy that protects employees who choose to identify themselves when making a report.

A County staff working group, under the County Manager’s direction, developed both the whistleblower policy and the employee hotline.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation’s Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America’s preeminent places to live, visit and do business.