City administrators moving too slowly on audit recommendations: Bowman

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Mayor Brian Bowman says senior city administrators are moving too slowly in implementing the recommendations from three real estate audits.

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Mayor Brian Bowman says senior city administrators are moving too slowly in implementing the recommendations from three real estate audits.

Bowman said he was disappointed to learn only 29 per cent of the recommendations from the first of the three audits — on the fire-hall replacement program, released Oct. 21, 2013 — have been put in place.

The audit into the fire-hall replacement program had made 14 recommendations, but only four were implemented in 2014 while the other 10 remain in progress.

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 'Given the serious nature of some of the things we’ve learned from the audit, I’d like verification that (implementation) has actually occurred,' Bowman said.

A report from the city auditor’s office said the public service expects the remaining 10 to be implemented by the end of this year.

Bowman said the public service seemed to have made progress with the second audit — on the police-headquarters project — implementing seven of 19 recommendations (37%). The remaining 12 should be implemented by the end of the year, but putting five of those in place will require additional funding.

Bowman said he wants the city auditor’s department to independently verify the public service’s claims that recommendations have been implemented.

“Given the serious nature of some of the things we’ve learned from the audit, I’d like verification that (implementation) has actually occurred,” Bowman said following the meeting. “To accept (the administration’s) word at face value — I have concerns about that.”

 

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