Audit Update: Bureaus have taken initial steps to address challenges in maintaining the City’s sewers, but have not re-evaluated their overall agreement
This is a one-year follow-up to our 2021 report Sewer Maintenance: Renewed attention to partnership needed to better serve ratepayers.
Audit Services Update: Police made some progress to strengthen intelligence gathering policies, but other management improvements remain
This is a one-year follow-up to our 2022 report Police Intelligence-Gathering and Surveillance: Better management needed to protect civil rights.
2022 Ombudsman Annual Report
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Now Available: City of Portland Quarter 1 2023 Lobbyist Reports, Political Consultant Reports, and Calendars
2023 First Quarter disclosures for City lobbying, political consultants, and City official business calendars are now available for the public to view. Highlights are included below.
Audit Update: No progress on Citywide collection strategies; some improvements by individual bureaus
This is a one-year follow-up to our 2022 report: Taxes, fines, and fees: Customers who owe caught in a maze of inconsistent and uncoordinated collection strategies.
Fraud Hotline Update: New Fire Bureau compensation package allows use of City water to wash personal vehicles, but risk of perceived waste and disregard for resource conservation remains
Some progress made, but Fire Bureau changed rules to allow washing personal vehicles with City water despite Auditor’s finding of government waste.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking | April 2023
The City Auditor proposes the following revised human resources administrative rules for adoption: ARA 3.03, ARA 3.04, ARA 3.06, ARA 3.10, and ARA 3.11.
No Violation of City of Portland Lobbyist Regulations: ShotSpotter Inc.
Lobbyist Registration Program: ShotSpotter not found in violation
Gang Enforcement Audits Update: Police Bureau has improved patrol activities, but still needs a policy for using gang information
Since our 2018 audits on the Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team, the Police Bureau has formed new units. This follow-up on our 2018 recommendations found the Bureau has improved patrol activities, but still needs a policy for using gang information.
Audit Services Update: Emergency Management has made some progress toward improving emergency planning and response for people with disabilities
This is a one-year follow-up to our 2021 audit of Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, in which we made seven recommendations to improve the City’s emergency planning and response for people with disabilities.
Audit Services Update: Office of Equity & Human Rights has made progress on ensuring Americans with Disabilities Act compliance
This is a one-year follow-up to our 2021 report that called attention to compliance risks related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
2022 Fraud Hotline Annual Report
The Auditor’s Office Fraud Hotline provides City employees and members of the public a way to confidentially report suspected fraud, waste, and abuse of position by or against the City.
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Updated Blog post
City Council rejects moving Transparency Advocate Charter Amendment to the May ballot
February 22, 2023
Updated Press release
Audit Update: Little progress on City review of Enhanced Services Districts
This is the two-year follow-up to our 2020 report Enhanced Services Districts: City provides little oversight of privately funded public services
Now Available: City of Portland Quarter 4 2022 Lobbyist Reports, Political Consultant Reports, and Calendars
2022 Fourth Quarter disclosures for City lobbying, political consultants, and City official business calendars are now available for the public to view. Highlights are included below.
City of Portland Auditor hires new Chief Deputy Auditor
The City Auditor’s Office announced Reed Brodersen to serve as the Chief Deputy Auditor.
Simone Rede inaugurated as Portland City Auditor in historic first
Simone Rede was sworn in as Portland City Auditor on Thursday, January 5, 2023.
Fraud Hotline Report: Purchasing problems lead to inefficiency and mistrust
The Auditor’s Office found evidence of inefficiency when investigating a tip about sole source contracting by the Community Safety Division. We shared our findings and recommendations to Community Safety and Procurement Services, which provided guidance and training to the Division.
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