Audit & Program Review

Audit & Program Review (APR) conducts independent, objective analyses and evaluations of City programs and operations, issues public reports of findings, and makes recommendations to strengthen and improve the delivery of City services. The work of APR serves as a resource for the City Council, policymakers, civic and advocacy organizations, journalists, and the general public. This section conducts independent and professional audits of City programs and departments following generally accepted government auditing standards of the federal Government Accountability Office (The Yellow Book). APR is responsible for non-partisan research and review of City programs, including performance analysis of City services.

View more of APR’s prior audits, follow-ups, advisories, and reviews on the Publications page.

Latest Audits

APR publishes an annual Audit Plan to highlight new topics for the coming year. The Plan is a guiding document that is subject to change; it does not prohibit APR from setting new priorities or initiating different projects over the course of the year. The list below includes the topics APR has begun, or plans to initiate, in 2020. For further details, see the full plan here.


  • Department of Buildings Permit Issuance and Inspections
  • Department of Buildings Advertising Billboard Permit Enforcement
  • Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Enforcement of the Shared Housing Ordinance


  • Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
  • Department of Family and Support Services Strategic Framework


  • MBE, WBE, DBE, and BEPD Goal Achievement
  • City Budget Development Process
  • City Council Committee Expenditures
  • City Data Quality
  • Municipal Depository Reporting and Pledge Compliance
  • Workers Compensation Program


  • Lead Water Service Line Mitigation
  • Public Building Commission Green Energy Systems
  • Department of Streets and Sanitation Street Sweeping Efficiency
  • Chicago Department of Transportation Street Resurfacing and Maintenance
  • Water Billing Exemptions


  • Chicago Fire Department Fire Prevention Inspections
  • Chicago Fire Department Response Times
  • Chicago Emergency Telephone System Board Administration of Emergency Telephone System Fund
  • Chicago Police Department Dashboard Cameras