OIG Advisories

OIG advisories provide a summary of a management problem observed by the OIG which we believe the City should be apprised of in an official capacity, but for which we have not conducted a full OIG audit or investigation. A complete list of OIG Advisories sent to City leadership and their response (when applicable) is below.

OIG Advisory Regarding Use-of-Force Reporting

OIG has determined that the public reporting by the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) on the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) use of force prior to 2015 was inaccurate and incomplete, and that IPRA could improve its reporting procedures to provide meaningful transparency, improve accountability, build public trust, and, ultimately, bolster public safety. OIG determined that … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Concerning Claims Analysis and Risk Management

An OIG inquiry determined that the City does not currently have a comprehensive risk management program and lacks the ability to analyze claims trends across the wide variety of claim types as is recommended best practice for local governments. This is a matter of significant concern because the City spends many tens of millions of dollars … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding City Operating Policies and Procedures

Regularly maintained, thorough, and well communicated policies and procedures are critical tools for both operational efficiency and government accountability. Policies that are not documented and distributed may be inadequately followed or misunderstood. OIG investigations and audits have revealed that various departments do not properly document, and communicate to staff, their policies and procedures. This lack … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding the City’s Wellness Program

This advisory finds that the City is spending over $3 million annually on the wellness program contract with American Healthways Services, LLC, but does not track or measure the program’s performance and benefits in a way that sheds light on whether the program is meeting the City’s goal. The advisory suggests that, if Chicago Lives Healthy … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Advisory Regarding the City’s Wellness Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2015 CONTACT: Rachel Leven, (773) 478-0534 OIG Releases Advisory Regarding the City’s Wellness Program The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an advisory regarding Chicago Lives Healthy, the City’s employee wellness program. The advisory finds that the City is spending over $3 million annually on the … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Disposal Of Non-Hazardous Waste

This advisory explains that the City has failed to enforce its contract provisions regarding the proper disposal of waste by City vendors. OIG’s inquiry suggests that lax regulatory compliance may extend to the disposal of hazardous waste. The advisory presents background on disposal laws, rules, and contract requirements relevant to City Contractors; and examples of inadequacies in … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding City’s Real Property Management

This advisory notes that the City actively tracks and markets unused property. It may also engage in narrow re-use or consolidation projects. However, the City does not periodically evaluate its full property portfolio to ensure that all City buildings and land are put to their best use. The advisory presents; an example of one property … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Suspensions for Historical Shakman Violations

This advisory highlights inconsistencies in the implementation of employee discipline meted out by the City. It comes after an Office of Inspector General (OIG) review of disciplinary actions found critical variations in the way sanctions were carried out across and within City departments. The lack of a clear central policy resulted in some employees escaping … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Duty of Vendors Report Unlawful Conduct

On September 25, 2013, OIG sent the Mayor’s Office an advisory regarding the duty of City vendors to report corruption or other unlawful conduct. OIG established that an employee of a subcontractor to a City vendor unlawfully solicited and received money from members of the public with promises to take official City action on their … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding City’s Late Payments of Supplementary Vacation

On July 26, 2013, OIG sent the Mayor’s Office an advisory regarding the City’s late payments of supplementary vacation payouts. The Mayor’s Office and the Department of Law transmitted their responses on August 26, 2013. Both the advisory and the responses can be downloaded via the links on the right.

OIG Advisory Regarding City’s Local Hiring Ordinance

On July 3, 2013, OIG sent an Advisory to Jamie Rhee, Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Procurement Services and Commissioner Andrew Mooney of the Department of Housing and Economic Development regarding compliance with the City’s Local Hiring Ordinance. DPS and DHED transmitted their responses on August 6, 2013. Both the advisory and the … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Training of DSS Dispatch Personnel

On June 14, 2013, OIG sent  an Advisory to Commissioner Williams of the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) regarding evidence of the training of Department of Streets & Sanitation (DSS) dispatch personnel. DSS transmitted their response on July 16, 2013. Both the advisory and the City’s response can be downloaded via the links on … [Read More…]

OIG Advisory Regarding Time Wasted by Sanitation Laborers in the DSS

On June 6, 2013 OIG sent an Advisory to Commissioner Williams of the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) regarding evidence OIG collected in an investigation into waste by sanitation laborers. DSS transmitted their response on July 8, 2013. Both the advisory and the City’s response can be downloaded via the links on the right.

OIG Advisory Regarding Fire Pump Inspections

On May 15, 2013, OIG sent an Advisory to Commissioner Santiago of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) regarding fire pump inspections. CFD transmitted their response on June 10, 2013.

OIG Advisory Regarding Follow-Up on Enforcement of Certificate of Occupancy Requirements

On March 28, 2013, OIG published a follow-up letter to recommendations it issued the Department of Buildings (DOB) to improve DOB’s enforcement of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) requirements. The original recommendations, and City response, can be found here.

OIG Advisory Regarding Fiscal Intermediaries

On January 30, 2013, OIG sent an Advisory to Commissioner Choucair of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding fiscal intermediaries. CDPH transmitted their response on March 11, 2013.

OIG Advisory Regarding City Employee Indebtedness Program

On January 17, 2013, OIG sent the Mayor’s Chief of Staff an advisory regarding the City’s Employee Indebtedness Program. The Mayor’s Chief of Staff transmitted her response to OIG on February 25, 2013.

OIG Advisory Regarding Employee Solicitations

On October 26, 2012, OIG sent the Mayor’s Chief of Staff an advisory regarding City employee solicitations.

OIG Advisory Regarding Security Cameras

On September 14, 2012, OIG sent an advisory to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff regarding malfunctioning and missing security cameras.

OIG Advisory Regarding Unemployment Benefit Fraud

On August 3, 2012, OIG sent the City Department of Human Resources (DHR) an advisory regarding the possibility of unemployment benefit fraud by City employees. The City provided a response to the advisory on December 31, 2012.