Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Inspector General reports saving millions for city

The Office of Inspector General, headed by Amy Kurland, has saved the city $25.7 million in the past four years by rooting out corruption, fraud and waste, according to its report. The office has an annual budget of $1.3 million.

Inspector General reports saving millions for city

It's report card day at City Hall.

So far today, the administration has released 2011 reports for the Office of Inspector General and the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

The Office of Inspector General, headed by Amy Kurland, has saved the city $25.7 million in the past four years by rooting out corruption, fraud and waste, according to its report. The office has an annual budget of $1.3 million.

According to the report, investigations by the office have led to the firing or resignation of 122 city employees and the arrest or indictment of 39 people.

The office also has pursued a program to disqualify city employees convicted of crimes from collecting pensions. That program saved the city nearly $7.7 million in 2011, the report said.

In 2011, the office said it saved or recovered $9.2 million for the city.

Meanwhile, over at L&I, its report focuses on "improved basic service and new strategic programs." In 2011, L&I issued 41,497 permits, performed 1,487 "clean and seals" of vacant properties and demolished 580 structures.

The department, overseen by Commissioner Fran Burns, highlighted its vacant property strategy, as well as a pilot program to collect delinquent business license fees. The report also lauds improved response times at 311, the city's informational phone line.

The L&I report can be read here.

The Inspector General's report is here.

Click herefor Philly.com's politics page.

About this blog

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Troy Graham and Claudia Vargas take you inside Philadelphia's City Hall.

Inquirer City Hall Staff
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected