Ensuring Accountability for Taxpayers
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 09, 2018 at 9:22 AM
On Wednesday, I introduced legislation calling for an investigation of the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) for Firefighters and Police Officers after a recent LA Times report detailed potential abuses and cases of fraud within the program.
DROP was originally anticipated to help both sworn departments retain veteran staff members by allowing them to collect their salary and pension for a period of five years and was approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2001.
The LA Times story charges that nearly half of all DROP participants have gone on disability leave after entering the program (36% of Police Officers and 70% of Firefighters) and that sworn members of the DROP program were nearly twice as likely to miss work for injuries, illness or paid leave. The story also presents several egregious examples of abuse, including likely fraud.
It is critical that City investigate these allegations and take steps to prevent abuses in order to protect both taxpayer funds and the integrity of the program.
Check out the LA Times story in response to my motion.