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 2019. For further details, see the full plan here.


  • Implementation of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Reform Task Force Recommendations, Compliance with the TIF Sunshine Ordinance, and Compliance with the TIF Surplus Executive Order
  • Department of Planning and Development Zoning Review and Approval Process
  • Department of Buildings Permit Issuance and Inspections
  • Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Minimum Wage Enforcement
  • Department of Planning and Development’s City-Owned Land Inventory and Sales


  • Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
  • Hazardous Materials Facility Inspections


  • Local Records Act Compliance
  • Chicago Capital Improvement Program
  • Department of Human Resources Employee Evaluation Policy
  • Minority, Women, Persons with Disabilities, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Outreach
  • Citation Notification Delay


  • Department of Streets and Sanitation’s Enforcement of the Chicago Recycling Ordinance
  • Chicago Department of Transportation Traffic Signal Management System
  • Department of Water Management Lead Testing
  • Department of Water Management Water Main Replacement Cost Control
  • Chicago Department of Aviation Oversight of Airport Construction Projects
  • Public Building Commission Green Energy Systems
  • Department of Streets and Sanitation Street Sweeping Efficiency
  • Weed Cutting Contract Management


  • Chicago Police Department Dashboard Cameras
  • Chicago Fire Department Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Prevention
  • Chicago Fire Department’s Management of Overtime
  • Chicago Fire Department Fire Prevention Inspections
  • Emergency Telephone System Fund
  • Office of Emergency Management and Communications Overtime Use and Family Medical Leave