OIG Releases Follow-Up on 2014 DOB Elevator Inspection Audit

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a follow-up to a 2014 audit assessing the Department of Building’s (DOB) compliance with the City’s annual elevator inspection requirements.

The 2014 audit examined inspection data from 2013 and found that DOB was not in compliance with the municipal code’s inspection requirements. OIG recommended that DOB examine its elevator inspection program and consider the advantages that may be realized by expansion of the Annual Inspection Certification program (AIC). In the AIC program, owners of designated properties must arrange for private inspections and submit inspection records to the City.

Based on DOB’s response, OIG concludes that the Department has addressed operational problems with its recordkeeping and paperwork and has implemented statistically valid sampling methodology for auditing the AIC program. However, DOB is still in the process of expanding the AIC program and upgrading its electronic inspection database to allow for better “reporting, tracking, and analyzing” of inspection data.

“DOB is working diligently to implement corrective actions,” said Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. “However, it remains important for the Department to continue to strive towards its stated goal of 100% inspection completion rate for elevators citywide.”

The full report can be found online at the OIG website: http://bit.ly/DOBEV2

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