To report fraud and abuse in DeKalb County School System, we CANNOT recommend using DCSS’s own “Whistleblower Hotline”, which feeds your input — and your identity — directly to Ron Ramsey of Internal Affairs.
Nor do we endorse sending information concerning fraud and abuse directly to SACS or Mark Elgart, as you will have NO protection there, much less any assurance of confidentiality. Further, past practice shows that SACS will not go after DCSS for even the most egregious wrongdoing. And even DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has publicly admitted that he thinks the school system can “police themselves” so it’s doubtful documents submitted to him would be reviewed.
Instead — for your protection and your safety — report fraud and abuse to the Federal Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). Their home page is:
The OIG investigates fraud and misuse of federal funds. It is independent of the Department of Education.
DeKalb County School System employees who know how federal funds were/are being misused and/or misdirected MUST protect themselves by reporting what you know to the OIG, using the red “Click Here to Report Fraud” link on their webpage:
When an employee reports misuse of federal funds to the OIG, they may become entitled to Whistleblower protection – read the links about it on the OIG website.
If you do not report what you know to the proper authorities (i.e., OIG), the one thing you can be sure of is that you will be first to be thrown under the bus.
Again, DeKalb County School System employees do NOT get federal Whistleblower protection when they report fraud and abuse to SACS or to the DCSS Whistleblower Hotline. Consequently, we suggest that everyone who has sent information regarding DCSS and known or suspected fraud, abuse or other wrongdoing to SACS and/or the DCSS Whistleblower Hotline — or even to DeKalb School Watch — should immediately send the same information to the OIG using the “Click Here to Report Fraud” link.
You may think you don’t really know anything that could be incriminating. But, the reality is you may have a missing piece of the puzzle that OIG is assembling.