FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayor’s Office
Mayor Hickenlooper Issues Statement Regarding 2000-03 DIA Employee Timekeeping Audit
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the 2000-03 audit of employee timekeeping practices at Denver International Airport:
“While the alleged misconduct predated our administration, we take the concerns very seriously which is why the DIA co-managers acted immediately in 2003 to prevent and detect future time-keeping problems rather than waiting two-and-a-half years for the Auditor’s Office to finish its report,” Hickenlooper said.
As DIA explained in their Tuesday press release, when the newly-appointed co-managers Vicki Braunagel and Turner West learned of the allegations in October 2003, they immediately halted the airport’s informal comp time program and launched their own in-depth internal audit. As a result, the following changes are already in place:
“DIA did not become one of the top airports in the country for customer service, on-time arrivals, passenger traffic and revenue growth without the around-the-clock dedication of a tireless, committed workforce,”
- In 2003, DIA implemented Kronos, an electronic timekeeping system for overtime-eligible employees which provides an audit and control tool.
- DIA management identified supervisory performance standards on timekeeping which are now part of all performance reviews and require all managers and supervisors to attend additional training on timekeeping practices and rules.
- DIA transferred its payroll unit to its business and technologies division to better align those services with standard accounting practices.
- DIA is implementing airport policies to better define time management and timekeeping requirements.
said Hickenlooper. “The employees involved in these allegations are being handled individually; they represent a small minority and are not a reflection of the DIA workforce as a whole.”
DIA’s internal audit and the Auditor’s Office report differ in the amount of money involved because they relied on different sources of timekeeping documentation, with DIA’s audit showing approximately $40,000 in misused leave time. Even with the Auditor’s worst-case scenario of an alleged $100,000, it is important to note that this is not taxpayer money and represents .016% of DIA’s roughly $634 million in annual revenues. Forty employees are alleged to have various degrees of involvement, representing 4% of DIA’s 1,000-person workforce. While two managers were placed on investigative leave in February, one of which has since resigned, DIA was limited in its ability to proceed with discipline and resource recovery efforts until the Auditor’s Office report was concluded.
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