For the first time, internal audits conducted by the Office of Public Integrity are available to the public on the City of Rochester’s website at www.cityofrochester.gov/opiaudits, Mayor Robert J. Duffy’s office announced Thursday.
“Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of an effective and efficient government,” Duffy said. “Our citizens should have every confidence that their government operates in the most efficient and honest manner possible.”
The internal audits previously were kept as internal documents. The city’s Law Department determined that with some minor deletions for personal privacy reasons the information could be made public, prompting the mayor’s order to put them on the city’s website.
The Office of Public Integrity routinely conducts internal audits of city programs and activities to gauge effectiveness, efficiency and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and provisions of funding sources (grants). The reports include reviews of cash handling procedures, contract awards and inventory control. Audits are conducted in a process that begins with notification of the audit and ends with the final report.
In most instances when problems are found, the audit results in remediation measures implemented by the subject of the audit, which are reported back to OPI for compliance.
OPI also enforces the city’s Code of Ethics. Since its inception, OPI has conducted multiple criminal investigations of city employees and contractors, resulting in 18 arrests.