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Fraud Hotline report: Procurement card misuse in the Parks Ranger Program

The Auditor’s Office found evidence of waste when investigating a tip about spending in the Park Ranger Program.

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2019 Fraud Hotline Annual Report

Confidential tips to the Auditor’s Fraud Hotline led to 13 investigations in 2019, three of which resulted in substantiated findings of waste or abuse of position.

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Office of Equity and Human Rights improved approach to accommodation requests

This is a three-year follow-up to our 2016 report, "Americans with Disabilities Act: Coordination gaps complicate City response."

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Fraud Hotline report: Police Bureau put money that could have been used for other City priorities at risk when it failed to remedy concerns about grant funds

The Police Bureau risked spending more than $400,000 in General Fund money instead of federal grant funds because it did not heed warnings that the Sex Crimes Unit was out of compliance with grant requirements.

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Transportation Bureau has implemented most audit recommendations for private for hire vehicles

This is a three-year follow-up to our 2016 report, "Transportation Network Companies and Taxicabs: Transportation Bureau needs to monitor service, not just safety."

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Fraud Hotline report: Tip alleged procurement and ethics violations within the Water Bureau

The Auditor’s Office found evidence of procurement and ethics violations in an investigation prompted by a tip to the fraud hotline. The Water Bureau agreed to implement recommended process changes.

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Fraud Hotline report: Golf director’s working retirement wasted money

Portland Parks & Recreation wasted resources and engaged in mismanagement and rule-breaking when it brought back a retired municipal golf courses director for additional work.

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Lents Urban Renewal: 20 years of investment with minimal evaluation

The City’s economic development agency, Prosper Portland, needs to measure and tell the public what urban renewal investments have accomplished in Lents, according to our audit report.

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Cannabis Program: Management fundamentals needed to improve regulation of emerging industry

Like other businesses that operate in Portland, cannabis businesses must meet various building, safety and environmental requirements. This audit focused on the responsibilities and activities of Civic Life. We did not include a review of the permitting process at the other City bureaus.

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Prosper Portland's property and fiscal management improved, but equity approach changed

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2017 report, "Prosper Portland: Disciplined property management needed to achieve future revenue goals, equitable outcomes."

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Restoration Projects and Green Streets: Bureau of Environmental Services improved green street monitoring and is making progress on restoration project monitoring

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

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The City needs to make realistic commitments to voters and ensure they are delivered

Portland City Council committed to accountability measures when it asked voters to approve recent taxes and bonds related to the arts, cannabis, affordable housing, and street repair. According to our audit, implementation of some of the accountability protections fell short of what was promised.

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Short-Term Rental Regulation: Portland makes progress towards better regulation of short-term rental market

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2018 report, "Short-Term Rental Regulation: Enforcement is lax and effect on housing crisis unknown."

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Portland Building Contract: Costs reviewed were consistent with contract, although required cost classification and calculations for final payment need to start now

The City Auditor contracted with construction audit experts, Sjoberg Evashenk Consulting, to audit the City’s compliance with requirements for how the main contractor will be compensated for costs, submit contract changes, and select subcontractors.

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Police Overtime: Management is lax despite high overtime use

Portland Police overtime was high by historical standards in 2018. Officers worked nearly 250,000 hours and the Bureau spent $15.7 million on overtime. We found management of overtime for patrol officers could be improved.

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Private Stormwater Management - Bureau of Environmental Services slow to act on private stormwater recommendations

This is a one-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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The City has improved oversight of the Regional Arts and Culture Council

This is a one-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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Streets Improvement Projects - Transportation made some improvements in assessing neighborhood impact

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

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Risk Management slow to implement audit recommendations

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2017 report, "Risk Management: City loss prevention needs a proactive approach."

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Portland Housing Bond: Early implementation results mostly encouraging

In November 2016, voters gave Portland the go-ahead to borrow $258.4 million to invest in affordable housing to address a growing housing crisis. The goal was to build or buy 1,300 housing units. Our audit found bond implementation is off to a solid start.

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