From Drummond Kahn, Director of Audit Services
Accountability is limited, and the rules and funding model are outdated in the City’s community and neighborhood involvement programs, according to an audit released today by City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero.
“We found a lack of accountability for how community engagement funds are spent,” Auditor Hull Caballero said. “The Office of Neighborhood Involvement can take immediate action to improve its oversight of grant-funded programs and better plan and prioritize their own work,” she said. “But ensuring that all Portlanders have equal access to City decision-making and City capacity building grants will require the attention of the full Council.”
The audit makes four recommendations for improvement to the Commissioner-in-Charge and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz submitted a written response to the audit, which is included in the published report.
Links to the report:
Report highlights: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditservices/article/597838
Full audit report: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditservices/article/597834