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Capital Improvements Management Office audit released

Today, the City Auditor’s Office released a report on the Capital Improvements Management Office. City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen established the office in January 2004 to expedite the completion of high-priority construction projects and to streamline City processes.

The audit concludes that:

    The Capital Improvements Management Office is likely to reduce the City’s $400 million backlog in capital improvement projects.

    The city manager and the Capital Improvements Management Office have taken much-needed steps to improve accountability, speed up processes and strengthen project management.

    The office’s success depends on management fully implementing the changes that are underway and addressing potential risks.

The audit includes several recommendations to address risks including continuing to monitor the office’s contract and ensuring that staff document process changes; developing consistent cost accounting for capital improvements; clearly defining the scope of the Capital Improvements Management Office’s responsibilities; and ensuring that the office develops and reports aggregate performance measures on cost and timeliness. The city manager agrees with the recommendations.

This report should be accessible from by 10 a.m.

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