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Fighting Corruption, Waste, and Inefficiency in Chicago
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    The Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Department plays an important role in protecting the public’s health and safety as well as City revenues. BACP inspects businesses for code violations, expired food, expired baby formula, and unstamped (or untaxed) cigarettes, among other items. The sale of unstamped cigarettes is a particularly challenging problem for Chicago, which ... [Read More...]

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    The purpose of this follow-up audit was to determine the status of the Commission on Animal Care and Control’s (CACC) corrective response to a May 2013 OIG audit of CACC’s shelter operations. The 2013 audit found that CACC was significantly understaffed according to national standards and appropriated staffing levels and did not carry out veterinary examinations in a timely ... [Read More...]

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  • 09/29/14--13:51: 2015 Draft Audit Plan
  • The 2015 Draft Annual Plan includes information on audits that OIG is currently considering for 2015, follow-up audits that are likely to occur in 2015, and audits completed year to date. OIG is soliciting comments from City Council, City Hall, and the public for a period of 45 days from the date of publication, or ... [Read More...]

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    OIG’s audit of 2013 elevator inspections found that the Department of Buildings (DOB) was not in compliance with the municipal code’s (MCC) inspection requirements. According to available records OIG determined that, 66% of buildings covered by MCC § 13-20-100 did not receive an annual elevator inspection in 2013; 62% of violations for inspected elevators cited from ... [Read More...]

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    The 2015 Audit Plan for the OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section is posted here. If you have suggestions for the 2015 plan, or would like to register your comments and concerns of the 2015 plan, please fill out the form available at this link.

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    The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General has completed a follow-up to its October 2013 audit of the Chicago Fire Department’s (CFD) fire and medical incident response times. The purpose of the 2013 audit was to determine if CFD fire and medical response times met National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1710, which CFD historically claimed ... [Read More...]

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    The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded a follow up to its June 2014 audit of the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s (DSS) enforcement of Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 7-28-240 regarding eligibility for City garbage collection service. OIG concludes that DSS has not implemented corrective actions related to the ... [Read More...]

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    Taxicab regulation generates a significant amount of revenue for the City, in 2013 medallion transfer fees alone generated $6.5 million. OIG’s audit examined taxicab regulation during 2013, focusing on the medallion auction process and taxicab safety inspections. In 2013 the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) held the first medallion auction since 2010, when it ... [Read More...]

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    This 2015 audit comes at a time of significant operational changes for City garbage service. In April 2013, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) completed its transition from a ward- to grid-based garbage collection system which, according to DSS management, increased the efficiency of garbage collection operations. These efficiencies include a reduction in the daily average number ... [Read More...]

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    The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its April 2014 audit of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) classification and summary reporting for assault-related crimes in 2012. OIG concludes that CPD has implemented corrective actions related to the original audit findings. The purpose of the 2014 audit was to ... [Read More...]

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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) process for loading zone signs and the Department of Finance’s (DOF) process for residential disabled parking signs. The objectives of the audit were to determine if, CDOT accurately recorded, calculated, and collected fees related to loading zone sign installations ... [Read More...]

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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the City of Chicago’s water service focusing on account inventory, meter reading, and temporary water usage practices. The Department of Water Management (DWM) provides and manages water access while the Department of Finance (DOF) manages billing. The Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) authorizes non-metered water ... [Read More...]

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    The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its October 2014 audit of the Department of Buildings’ (DOB) compliance with the annual elevator inspection requirements set forth in the Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 13-20-100. OIG concludes that DOB’s corrective action related to two of the original audit ... [Read More...]

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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) homeless services. The audit focused on how DFSS selected and monitored 57 homeless service providers, known as “delegate agencies,” in 2013 and 2014. During those two years DFSS spent approximately $60.0 million on homeless services provided by ... [Read More...]

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    The Plan includes information on audits that OIG is currently considering for 2016, follow-up audits that are likely to occur in 2016, ongoing projects, and audits completed year-to-date. OIG is soliciting comments from City Council, City Hall, and the public. OIG will consider all comments in finalizing its 2016 Audit Plan. The 2016 Audit Plan ... [Read More...]

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    The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its March 2015 audit of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection’s (BACP) administration of taxicab regulations in 2013. OIG concludes that BACP has implemented corrective actions related to three of the original four audit findings. Corrective action on the ... [Read More...]

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  • 11/24/15--07:24: OIG 2016 Audit Plan
  • The 2016 Audit Plan for OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section is posted here. If you have a suggestion for an audit topic or would like to register other comments and concerns with the 2016 plan, please fill out the form available at this link.

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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) pavement management program to determine if CDOT managed street maintenance in a cost-effective way that extended pavement life in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) pavement preservation program guidelines.[1] As part of this objective, OIG sought to determine ... [Read More...]

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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the City of Chicago’s hiring process. The audit reviewed hires completed in 2013.[1] The objective of the audit was to determine if the City filled vacant positions in a timely manner. Hiring a City employee involves two overlapping processes: Budgetary Hiring Plan: The annual personnel ... [Read More...]

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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of civilianization opportunities in the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) to identify whether there were positions held by uniformed members that could instead be filled by civilians.[1] OIG and CFD agreed that positions which did not require or benefit sufficiently from firefighter or paramedic training, experience, or ... [Read More...]