The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) Audit and Program Review section (APR) has published its 2018 Audit Plan. APR supports the OIG mission by conducting independent, objective performance analysis and evaluation of municipal programs and operations, issuing public reports of findings and making recommendations to strengthen and improve the delivery of public services.
In addition to summarizing work completed in 2017 and work currently in progress, the 2018 APR Audit Plan identifies 23 new audit topics to initiate in the coming year, which will answer the following questions, among others:
• Has the City implemented the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Reform Task Force?
• Does the Chicago Police Department manage and maintain dashboard cameras and footage effectively?
• Do the Department of Buildings, the Department of Planning and Development and the Chicago Police Department collaborate effectively to achieve their respective goals for the Troubled Buildings Initiative?
• Does the Chicago Department of Transportation’s maintenance program ensure that traffic signals remain in good working order?
• Does the Department of Streets and Sanitation set street sweeping routes to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of street sweeping citywide?
• Does the City adequately promote and facilitate coordination between the Chicago Police Department and the Department of Family and Support Services, as well as between City departments and external stakeholders, to ensure the full functionality of the Juvenile Intervention Support Center?
APR’s role is separate from, but complements, the work performed by the OIG Investigations and Public Safety (police oversight) sections. While Investigations primarily examines allegations of individual misconduct or wrongdoing, APR focuses on the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and processes. APR is also distinct from the Hiring Oversight section, which performs legally mandated reviews of the City’s hiring and employment practices to ensure compliance with the City’s various hiring plans.
The 2018 APR Audit Plan can be found online. If you have any comments or suggestions related to the topics in the Audit Plan, please contact us at (866) 448-4754 or via our website.
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