Department of Transportation Traffic Control for Special Events: Overtime and Collections

The City of Los Angeles pays traffic officers and other Department of Transportation (DOT) employees time­-and-­a­-half when they work overtime and perform traffic control at gatherings such as Dodger games, during the L.A. Marathon and at other gatherings­­–referred to as City “Special Events.” In theory, this overtime is paid for by the private sponsors of these events. But as my office’s audit of DOT special event assignment and reimbursement practices demonstrates, due to underbillings, poor accounting and inadequate cost monitoring, it is the City that often absorbs these costs. In FY 2013-­14 alone, in fact, the City paid out $5.9 million in special events overtime–­­$1.8 million of which should have been reimbursed by event sponsors.