People have two major expectations of the government when it comes to their taxpayer dollars: that their money is kept safe and used wisely and appropriately.
We at the Office of the State Auditor feel the same way and we do everything we can through our regular audits to educate State officials about ways to meet these expectations and ensure that proper controls over cash are in place. Auditors call this activity setting the "tone at the top."
Throughout State government, department heads, supervisors and many employees work constantly to prevent fraud and the abuse of tax dollars. However, despite these efforts, fraud does occur.
It is important for all of us to be aware of the various kinds of fraud that can be committed, and how to prevent them - especially within government. We need to educate managers and employees about fraud detection, and offer support when they suspect and report irregular activities.
To help in these efforts, we are pleased to provide direct telephone numbers for several frequently reported possible fraud situations.
If you suspect financial fraud, abuse or corruption in state government, please contact our Office at 1-877-290-1400 or by using the form below. We welcome anonymous reports, but those made by individuals who identify themselves make it possible to have a discussion if the facts warrant. If you do identify yourself but are concerned about possible retaliation, we now have the legal authority to protect your identity [1 V.S.A. § 317 (42)]
Douglas R. Hoffer
Vermont State Auditor
How to Report Various Potential Fraud, Waste or Abuse
- Anonymous reports may be made by filling in only the boxes with red asterisks.
If you would like to receive a response to your report, you must include a valid email address.
- If you do not receive an "acknowledgement of receipt" email, please call our office at 802.828.2281