Tag Archives: Office of the City Auditor

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Audit shows problems with city pagers

According to a report issued by the Office of the City Auditor, the city is not effectively managing many of the 1,600-plus pagers issued to city employees. The result, auditors say, is unnecessary spending and the possibility that the lack…

Thursday, December 3, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit cites ethics violations by employee, supervisor

An investigation by the Office of the City Auditor has concluded that Alex Perez, a project coordinator at Austin Energy, violated city ethics regulations by making official decisions affecting a company owned by members of his family. In addition, auditors…

Thursday, November 19, 2020 by Jo Clifton

City faces challenge in managing software licenses

The city does not have complete information on what software licenses it has or how much those licenses are costing, according to a report from the city auditor’s office. Auditors reported Wednesday that the city spent $7.4 million in Fiscal…

Friday, October 30, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City departments may now deal with small-scale violations

City Council unanimously approved a change to city code Thursday that will allow the Office of the City Auditor to refer small-scale secondary employment misuse cases to the city manager’s office. In cases where a city employee is found using…

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Austin Code employee abused his position

After receiving an anonymous tip, investigators with the Office of the City Auditor discovered that a hiring manager in Austin Code’s finance division was using his position to try to advance a romantic relationship based on a promise to hire…

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Ex-employee stole $1.3 million from city

Randall Whited, a former employee of Austin Public Library, stole at least $1.3 million from the city by purchasing printer toner with a city credit card and reselling it online, according to an investigation released by the Office of the City…

Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Audit calls Austin’s ‘bad landlord’ program ineffective, says it doesn’t ensure safe housing

A city program intended to make sure landlords maintain safe apartments is failing to do its job, a new audit finds. The report released Wednesday by the Office of the City Auditor looks at the Repeat Offender Program within the…

Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Auditors seek change in reporting of minor violations

The City Council Audit & Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend a change in city regulations that will allow the Office of the City Auditor to refer “de minimis” or small-scale violations of city code related to misuse of…

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit outlines challenges for Millennium Youth Complex

The Office of the City Auditor has found numerous problems at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin, starting with the city’s failure to effectively manage and monitor its agreements with the Austin Rosewood Community Development Corporation. The duties…

Friday, August 14, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City seeks diversity in applicants tasked with redrawing Council district map

Just over six weeks ahead of the application deadline, the Office of the City Auditor is seeking candidates from Latino and other minority groups interested in helping to create the city’s next City Council district map. Applications for the Independent…

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit accuses parks department leaders of waste

The Office of the City Auditor released a report Tuesday accusing Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly McNeeley and Assistant Director Liana Kallivoka of giving another employee a “special privilege,” improperly using more than $22,000 worth of sick leave and wasting $39,000 of…

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Jo Clifton

APD community engagement audit finds some improvement but data lacking

Although the Austin Police Department has put considerable effort into improving its community policing efforts over the past four years and there have been some positive impacts, an audit by the Office of the City Auditor concluded there was insufficient…

Friday, April 17, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit: AFD employee accepted gifts from subordinate

An investigative audit by the Office of the City Auditor has found that Austin Fire Department spokesperson Michelle Tanzola violated city ethics policy by accepting gifts of photographic services from an employee who reports directly to her. Tanzola has responded…

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds temp employee misused city truck

The Office of the City Auditor has found that a temporary employee of the Planning and Zoning Department regularly misused his assigned city vehicle to drive himself home and run personal errands. His work with the city ended shortly after…

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by Jo Clifton

AE, but not drivers, charging toward renewable goals

A report from the Office of the City Auditor states that Austin Energy is on track to reduce carbon emissions from utility operations so the city can meet its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050. But auditors also found that…

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Former city employee misused computer, email

Last January, members of the city auditor’s investigative team received an allegation that Richard Anderson, a division manager in the Development Services Department, was using his city computer to help him with his other job as an instructor for what…

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Trying to get apartment, employee committed fraud

An Austin Public Health employee misused her city computer, fax machines and the department’s patient records in an attempt to rent an apartment, according to an investigative report from the Office of the City Auditor. The report states that Johnetta…

Friday, November 1, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Audit: City water employees misused positions

Two employees of Austin Water misused their positions to generate business for a plumbing business owned by one of the employees, according to an investigative report issued Thursday by the Office of the City Auditor. That business owner/city employee, Rodney…

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Auditor finds ballot petitioners in Austin have it easier than most other cities

A statewide analysis of election regulations finds that Austin is one of the easiest cities in Texas to place a ballot measure in front of voters, with the city’s growing population making it easier every year. A report released earlier…

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Auditors report on community policing efforts

The Austin Police Department has made considerable progress in implementing recommendations from the 2016 Matrix Consulting Group study on community policing, according to an audit update from the city auditor’s office recently provided to the mayor and City Council. The…

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