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Lents Urban Renewal – Some progress toward reporting results

We found Prosper Portland and the Portland Housing Bureau are making some progress towards implementing our recommendations from an audit in 2020, "Lents Urban Renewal: 20 years of investment with minimal evaluation."

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City’s commitments to voters more realistic

The City is making progress implementing recommendations from our 2019 audit of tax and bond measure accountability.

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Building Permit Review Audit

Getting a building permit in Portland can be a frustratingly slow process. Delays can affect the economy and motivate property owners to skirt the permitting system altogether. Our audit recommends ways to address persistent problems as the City strives for economic recovery from COVID-19.

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Ending Audit of CityFleet Services

We have decided to discontinue this audit because CityFleet’s ongoing strategic planning process may address some of the reasons we originally initiated it.

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Auditor's 2020 Accountability Report

The Auditor’s Office is Portlanders’ independent agency responsible for providing oversight of City government. This Accountability Report, covering the year 2020, shows the breadth, depth and impact of our work.

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Restoration Projects and Green Streets: Bureau of Environmental Services continued progress on project monitoring and reporting

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2018 report, "Restoration Projects and Green Streets: Planning and evaluation needed to confirm success."

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Portland Building Construction Contract: City has taken steps to account for final costs

This is a one-year follow-up to the report, "Portland Building Construction Contract: Costs reviewed were compliant, although cost classifications required by contract and reconciliations need to start immediately."

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Police Overtime Update: Improvements made in reporting; policy changes in process

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Police Overtime: Management is lax despite high overtime use."

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City improved accountability and transparency of recreational cannabis tax

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Recreational Cannabis Tax: Greater transparency and accountability needed."

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Private Stormwater Management - At year two, slow progress on data management, but program evaluations are underway

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2018 report, "Private Stormwater Management: City reliance on property owners requires review of risks and results."

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Streets Improvement Projects - Bureau of Transportation has made significant progress on improving the assessment of neighborhood impact

This is a two-year follow-up on our 2018 report, "Streets Improvement Projects: Bureau of Transportation has an inclusive planning process, but should improve assessment of neighborhood impact."

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Transportation Bureau improved Fixing our Streets; program’s second iteration is more realistic

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Fixing Our Streets: Some accountability commitments not fulfilled."

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Portland Building: City takes steps to address transparency recommendations

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Portland Building Follow-Up: Greater public transparency needed about project costs, trade-offs, and missed equity requirement."

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Housing Bond - Housing Bureau improved communication, needs more time to reach intended populations

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Portland Housing Bond: Early implementation results mostly encouraging."

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Portland Parks Golf has made progress on all audit recommendations

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Portland Parks Golf: Changes needed to ensure long-term sustainability."

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Equity in Construction Contracting: Some goals achieved despite mismanagement, waste, and gamesmanship

Along with context and evidence, we make 16 recommendations in our audit report for improving the City’s contracting equity strategies. These include suggestions for better program design as well as measures to improve oversight, transparency, and accountability.

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Enhanced Services Districts: City provides little oversight of privately funded public services

Districts provide security and maintenance of public spaces, but without the level of transparency and accountability required for similar services managed by the City.

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Pandemic has slowed Regional Arts and Culture Council strategic planning

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2018 report, "Regional Arts and Culture Council: Clear City goals aligned with strong Arts Council strategy will improve arts and culture services."

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Groundwater: City identified risks, must develop a long-term plan to address them

Given the time and money spent on protecting Bull Run, this audit asked whether the Water Bureau is managing the groundwater resource to ensure it is available in times of emergency or scarcity.

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Cleanups of Homeless Camps: Improvements made to property handling

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Cleanups of Homeless Camps: Improved Communications and Data Needed."

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