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Case Agency Violation/Result Penalty Amount Laws RCW
2016-092 Department of Transportation

Violation: A WSDOT Bridge Design Engineer agreed that he may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for his private benefit and gain in support of his outside employment as an adjunct faculty member of St. Martin's University.

Result: Settlement was approved on September 8, 2017, imposing a civil penalty of $4,500 with $2,500 suspended.

$4,500 RCW 42.52.160
2016-076 Department of Transportation

Violation: A Bridge Engineer used state resources to support her two outside business activities.

Result: An agreed stipulation was approved on May 12, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $4,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$4,000 RCW 42.52.160
2016-049 Department of Transportation

Violation: A former Transportation Engineer used state resources for his private benefit and gain when he used a state ORCA card for his daily commute trips to and from work and for personal trips on his days off.

Result: An agreed settlement was approved on July 14, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $750

$750 RCW 42.52.160
2014-059 Department of Transportation

Violation: The former Director of Operations with the Department of Transportation violated RCW the Ethics in Public Service Act in his efforts to influence the outcome of an internal investigation involving his son.

Result: Settlement approved on May 13, 2016 for a civil penalty of $1,500.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.070
2014-028 Department of Transportation

Violation: An employee of the Department of Transportation violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for personal benefit. Evidence indicated that he used the states' computer system to promote his book, including adding a graphic and a direct link to a shopping website where people could purchase the book, in his official WSDOT signature block.

Result: Settlement approved on September 12, 2014 for a civil penalty of $3,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160
2013-031 Department of Transportation

Violation: An employee of Washington State Ferries may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to conduct internal union business.

Result: Settlement approved on January 10, 2014 of a Letter of Instruction.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.160
2013-029 Department of Transportation

Violation: An employee of Washington State Ferries may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to conduct internal union business.

Result: Settlement approved on January 10. 2014 of a Letter of Instruction.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.160
2013-045 Department of Transportation

Violation: An employee of the Department of Transportation may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to promote/support an outside business of which he was a board member. Records indicated that he used his state computer and official job title while corresponding with another state agency regarding a non-profit.

Result: Settlement approved on May 9, 2014 for a civil penalty of $500 with $250 suspended.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2013-032 Department of Transportation

Violation: An employee of Washington State Ferries may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to conduct union business.

Result: Settlement approved on January 10, 2014, of a Letter of Instruction.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2011-042 Department of Transportation

Violation: An employee of the Department of Transportation violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used the tire service station to service tires on his personal vehicle.

Result: Settlement approved on March 16, 2012 issuing a Letter of Instruction in lieu of a monetary fine.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.160
2011-002 Department of Transportation

Violation: An employee of the Department of Transportation violated RCW 42.52.160 by using state resources for personal gain when she used her state computer during breaks and lunchtime to read and edit a novel she was writing and sent and received 1,618 personal emails over a period of six months.

Result: Settlement approved on March 16, 2012 for a civil penalty of $4,000 with $2,800 suspended.

$4,000 RCW 42.52.160
2010-083 Department of Transportation

Violation: A Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she failed to report leave and used state resources for personal benefit.

Result: Settlement approved on March 16, 2012 for a Civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2007-012 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 by using her agency issued cell phone and her SCAN code to make personal phone calls.

Result: Settlement approved on June 13, 2008 for a Civil penalty of $500 with $250 suspended.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2006-030 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resouces to support an outside business.

Result: Settlement approved on October 13, 2006 for a Civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2006-029 Department of Transportation

Violation: A Washington State Department of Transportation team leader violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state computer to create and send personal emails, access internet sites of personal interest and personal email account and store personal documents and hundreds of pictures and images.

Result: Settlement approved on September 14, 2007 for a Civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2006-022 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used his state provided computer to store personal documents, to view numerous internet sites, on occassion for a minimum of two to three hours per day, to send and receive personal email and used instant messaging to communicate with multiple individuals.

Result: Settlement approved on September 8, 2006 for a Civil penalty of $1,150.

$1,150 RCW 42.52.160
2004-063 Department of Transportation

Violation: Former Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used his state computer to pursue personal interests and non-work related activities.

Result: Final Order approved on September 8, 2006 for a Civil penalty of $2,000.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2003-082 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used a state laptop computer and internet service for outside employment, personal projects, stock trading and viewing inappropriate materials.

Result: Settlement approved on March 11, 2005 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $2,000 with $500 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2001-084 Department of Transportation

Violation: A former Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources, including facilities, tools, and equipment to store and work on privately owned vehicles; used a state owned vehicle, computer and cell phone for personal gain.

Result: Settlement approved on September 12, 2003 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $2,500 with $1,000 suspended and an additional $463.68 restitution employing agency.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2001-006 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transporation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to send or receive email and repeatedly visited websites unrelated to his official duties. Inappropriate use continued after being directed by the agency to stop such conduct.

Result: Settlement approved on November 8, 2002 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $2,500 with $1,400 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2001-005 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transportation, Washington State Ferries employee violated RCW 42.52.160 and 42.52.070 when he improperly received higher wages by submitting signed timesheets claiming captain's wages while at the same time signing the vessel logs as a mate.

Result: Settlement approved on October 10, 2003 for reimbursement of investigative costs in the amount of $250 and an additional $1,500 restitution to employing agency for overpaid wages.

$250 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2001-002 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transportation, Washington State Ferries employee violated RCW 42.52.020 when he approved vendor payments on a number of billings while the employee and the vendor were engaged in a business relationship.

Result: Settlement approved on October 10, 2003 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $1,500 and an additional $1,000 in investigative costs.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.020
2000-012 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transporation Aviation Director violated RCW 42.52.160 when he sent personal email messages and created personal documents using state owned equipment.

Result: Settlement approved on November 30, 2000 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $250. The Board also issued a Letter of Instruction.

$250 RCW 42.52.160
1999-025 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.020, .070 and .160 he he used persons and state resources under his control to perform work for a private school that his daughter attended. This included the use of seven crew members, telephone poles and other supplies, equipment and vehicles unrelated to his official duties.

Result: Order of Reconsideration issued on June 8, 2001 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $4,000.

$4,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
1999-001 Department of Transportation

Violation: Department of Transportation employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to create personal documents relating to an ice skating organization she was affiliatied with, to draft personal financial reports, loan amortization documents, party announcements and freelance stories from a TV series.

Result: Settlement approved on September 16, 1999 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $3,000.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160