OIG Releases Follow-Up of OEMC Public Safety Cameras Audit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2018
CONTACT: Danielle Perry, (773) 478-0534

OIG Releases Follow-Up on the Office of Emergency Management and Communications’ Management of Public Safety Cameras

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its December 2016 audit of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications’ (OEMC) management of public safety cameras. Based on the Department’s responses, OIG concludes that OEMC has implemented two corrective actions and has begun to implement three others.

The 2016 audit assessed the effectiveness of OEMC’s management of public safety cameras by testing whether the cameras: worked properly, received necessary repairs in a timely manner, retained footage for the required number of days, and whether access to the cameras was limited to authorized personnel.  OIG originally found that OEMC did not comply with, and did not require other departments to comply with, citywide policies regulating access to information systems. As a result, OEMC could not, in most instances, determine which individuals accessed the camera system or how they used them. OIG further found minor deficiencies in how OEMC’s project manager—the Public Building Commission (PBC) — monitored the camera maintenance vendor (Motorola).

OIG previously recommended that OEMC implement policies and practices regulating access to public safety cameras, develop and enforce reasonable standards for system performance, and review and identify opportunities to improve PBC’s vendor oversight. While OEMC has taken over direct management of the Motorola contract from PBC and implemented corrective actions related to performance measures and increased contract oversight, the Office is still in the process of implementing compliance with the City’s Information Security and Technology Policies.

The OIG Public Safety Cameras Audit Follow Up can be found online at OIG’s website: http://bit.ly/OEMCCameras

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