Definitions of Whistleblower Program Terms
The San Francisco Charter, Appendix F, Section F1.107, directs the Controller, as City Services Auditor, to administer a whistleblower program and investigate reports of complaints concerning the misuse of city funds, improper activities by city officers and employees, deficiencies in the quality and delivery of government services, and wasteful and inefficient city government practices.
Provided below are definitions and examples of key terms used in San Francisco Charter, Appendix F, Section F1.107.
Misuse of City Funds - Using city funds for a purpose not authorized under the city's budget, or through the Controller's accounting procedures, or by the terms of a contract or grant; obtaining city funds through false statements or other improper means.
Improper Activities by City Officers and Employees - Any activity by a city employee that is undertaken in the performance of the employee's official duties, whether or not that action is within the scope of his or her employment, that violates any law, regulation, or policy.
Deficiencies in the Quality and Delivery of Government Services - A fault, shortcoming, or inadequacy in the performance of a service, or the failure to perform a service, when performance is required under any law, regulation, or policy, or under a City contract or grant.
Wasteful and Inefficient City Government Practices - Practices that result in the needless expenditure of City funds, most often because of poor management decisions, practices or controls. Waste may, but does not always, involve private use or personal gain.