PBC Response to OIG Report on MWBE Participation on PBC Projects
July 7, 2011
- The OIG does not have access to documents on City-funded projects if the City is not the user department.
- The OIG’s determination that the PBC grossly over-reported MWBE participation was incorrect, not because of miscalculations, but rather because PBC policy is more generous when determining MWBE participation.
- The OIG agrees that the PBC and OIG continue to disagree over the scope of the OIG’s authority. The OIG urges the Mayor of the City of Chicago to settle this dispute by directing the PBC to cooperate with the OIG in any audit, review, or investigation into PBC activities involving any City funds.
- The PBC’s statement that its policy dictates more generous crediting of MWBE participation is either a misinterpretation of its own policy, or if the PBC truly operates this way, an indication that the PBC runs a likely unconstitutional program.