Knox County Tennessee

Audit Hotline

We are committed to maintaining a highly ethical environment, characterized by integrity, transparency, accountability and a culture of compliance. The Hotline is intended for reporting suspected fraud, waste, and misuse by vendors, contractors, County employees and others. The Hotline is not a substitute for employment-related grievances or appeals, as existing County policies and procedures provide channels for resolution of these issues. If you have an issue you wish to bring to our attention, you can report your concern by utilizing the linked portal at the bottom of this page.

Fraud, Abuse, And Waste

"Fraud" means intentional deception perpetrated by an individual or individuals, or an organization or organizations, either internal or external to local government that could result in a tangible or intangible benefit to themselves, others, or could cause detriment to the County. Fraud includes a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading statements, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive.

“Abuse" means (1) the excessive or improper use of something, or the employment of something in a manner contrary to the natural or legal rules for its use, (2) the intentional destruction, diversion, manipulation, misapplication, maltreatment, or misuse of resources owned or operated by the County, or (3) extravagant or excessive use so as to misuse one's position or authority.

"Waste" means the intentional or unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenditure, consumption, mismanagement, use, or squandering of resources owned or operated by the County to the detriment or potential detriment of the County. Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs because of inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls.

This service is not an emergency help line. If you are reporting an emergency, please dial 911 or contact the appropriate authorities. Allegations of Ethics Violations and potentially Criminal Matters will be referred to the appropriate parties responsible for handling those complaints.


Be reasonably certain of any claims of suspected fraud, waste, or misuse. False allegations can have serious and negative impacts, including reputational damage. Frivolous reporting of ethical violations is subject to civil penalties.

To report potential fraud, waste, or abuse, CLICK HERE.