Procurement Reform Task Force
On May 19, 2015, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of a new task force on procurement reform. The Procurement Reform Task Force is co-chaired by Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson and the City’s Chief Procurement Officer, Jamie Rhee and includes the Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, or Chancellor of six participating sister agencies. The task force was charged with identifying opportunities for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies to implement uniform best practices governing the award, management, and oversight of contracts.
As part of the task force’s working group, OIG conducted research and analyses on efficiency, accountability, and the economized use of public funds in procurement. In addition to months of research, discussion, and analysis, the task force issued a comprehensive survey to all member agencies, reviewed policies and procedures, held meetings with procurement staff, and researched statutory obligations and comparative practices. The resulting report, including 31 recommendations for procurement reform, can be found here.