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Adoption of Administrative Rules | September 2022

The City Auditor has adopted the following administrative rules: ARA 2.06, ARA 4.04, ARA 4.14, ARA 6.01, ARA 7.05, ARA 7.06, and ARA 8.01.

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking | September 2022

The City Auditor proposes the following revised human resources administrative rules for adoption: ARA 3.01-ARA 3.12

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking | August 2022

UPDATE: Markup versions of the administrative rules from their last revision are now available.

The City Auditor proposes the following revised human resources administrative rules for adoption: ARA 2.06, 4.04, 4.14, 6.01, 7.05, 7.06, and 8.01

Updated Public notice

Audit Update: City advanced building permit reforms; Council and multi-bureau engagement noteworthy

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2021 report, "Long-standing inability to meet customers’ needs won’t improve without better management, sustained governance."

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Portland Fire & Rescue does not have a coherent accountability system

We found that the Portland Fire Bureau has not invested the time, attention, and resources needed for a coherent employee accountability system. We make recommendations for training and complaint, investigation, and discipline processes to help ensure that the Bureau achieves its diversity goals.


Audit Update: Water Bureau not done defining roles or formulating long-term groundwater plan

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2020 report, "Groundwater: City identified risks, must develop a long-term plan to address them."

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Audit Update: Procurement Services is working to address some City credit card risks

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2021 report, "City credit card use slowed during pandemic but exposed underlying risks."

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Audit Update: Cannabis Program improved data management, communication

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2020 report, "Cannabis Program: Management fundamentals needed to improve regulation of emerging industry."

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Adoption of Revised Administrative Rule | June 2022

The City Auditor adopts the following interim administrative rule, effective June 24, 2022, and for a period of not more than 180 days: ARA 8.03 Public Records Requests.

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Domestic Violence Response: Special Victims Unit benefits from collaboration with partners, but patrol officers need more training

The City Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) found that the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Victims Unit benefits from co-location and collaboration with service partners but officers responding to the initial calls need more trauma-informed training.


2021 Annual Report

Our annual report for 2021 describes changes in workload, regaining compliance with the Department of Justice, and summarizes a policy review of how language services are used by the Police Bureau.


Fraud Hotline Report: Funds wasted at veteran apartment complex

The Joint Office spent over $850,000 in rent to house needy veterans but allowed the property to deteriorate into unsafe, unsanitary conditions leaving the office scrambling to find new shelter. Without adequate oversight, the office risks wasting money intended to aid Portlanders without housing.


Audit Update: New procedure reflects lessons learned from pandemic grants

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2021 report, "Prosper Portland Emergency Grants: Standards needed to ensure program integrity."

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Quarterly Report – Q1 2022

View Independent Police Review's 1st quarterly report of 2022.

Updated Report

Portland City Council transitions to hybrid meetings

Starting May 4, the Portland City Council will host hybrid meetings with the option for community members to attend online or in person. The Council has been meeting virtually for more than two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Audit Update: Lents Urban Renewal – Spending continues, changes unlikely

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2020 report, "Lents Urban Renewal: 20 years of investment with minimal evaluation."

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Parks partially addressed wasteful spending

This is a follow-up to our 2020 hotline investigation that found wasteful spending in the Park Ranger Program.

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Lessons Learned: City’s response to protests exposed vulnerabilities in Portland’s police accountability system

The 2020 murder of George Floyd sparked more than 100 nights of protest in Portland. Complaints of officer misconduct at these events exposed inadequacies with the City’s ability to hold officers accountable. We recommend operational and policy improvements to strengthen the accountability system.


Police Intelligence-Gathering and Surveillance: Better management needed to protect civil rights

Keeping information about political activity and using surveillance technology without safeguards infringes on First Amendment rights. Police need direction about what to collect and a process to manage records when there is no criminal activity. The Bureau also needs improved technology policies.