DSS

Follow-Up of DSS Garbage Collection Performance Audit

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its April 2015 audit of the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s (DSS) Garbage Collection Performance Measurement. OIG concludes that DSS has begun to implement corrective actions related to the audit findings. The purpose of the 2015 audit was to determine DSS’s … [Read More…]

Audit of DSS Garbage Collection Performance

This 2015 audit comes at a time of significant operational changes for City garbage service. In April 2013, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) completed its transition from a ward- to grid-based garbage collection system which, according to DSS management, increased the efficiency of garbage collection operations. These efficiencies include a reduction in the daily average number … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Lennie Perry, et al.

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Lennie Perry, et al., 14CR-18627 (Cir. Ct. of Cook Cty) On October 30, 2014, Lennie Perry, a former Pool Motor Truck Driver for the City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, was arraigned on an indictment returned by a Cook County grand jury on October 17, 2014. The … [Read More…]

Audit of DSS’s Garbage Service Enforcement

The “grandfather” clause in MCC § 7-28-240 provides for City garbage collection service to certain multi-unit dwellings that would otherwise be required to procure private garbage service. Until recently, DSS’s “grandfather list” had not been updated since 2007 and contained 2,402 properties. An informal survey by DSS, following initial OIG inquiries, concluded in March 2014 … [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.

Audit of City’s Grid-Based Garbage Collection System

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently attempted to evaluate the City’s transition from a ward-based to a grid-based garbage collection system, and identify how management would continue to drive efficiency gains in the future. However, the Commissioner for the City Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) walked out of a meeting … [Read More…]

Audit of BOF Tree Guarantees

On April 28, 2011, The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit of the City’s Tree Guarantee Process. The audit evaluated how well the City tracked and enforced its tree guarantees from January 1, 2008 through September 30, 2010. OIG found that the City had insufficient controls to prove that it was … [Read More…]