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Official news from the City of Albuquerque.

Share Your Opinion About APD

Opportunity for citizens of Albuquerque to voice their concerns, opinions and suggestions regarding the Albuquerque Police Department to the City Council at the Council's April 7th meeting.

Audit - Telecom Use and Expense

The City of Albuquerque can realize annual cost savings of $273,000, annual cost recoveries of $240,000 and continue the proactive approach to reduce the costs of telecom operations through the implementation of innovative technologies. The City lacks internal controls to ensure the accuracy, efficiency and optimization of telecom services. The overall lack of internal controls is a major factor for the accumulated balance of $1.3 million in the City’s Communication Fund as of June 30, 2013 (unaudited). The fund balance represents the amount departments have been overcharged for communication services.

Audit - Professional/Technical Contract Development & Approval Process

The Department of Finance and Administrative Services' Purchasing Division can improve upon the valuable services it provides to the City and contractors by acceptance and implementation of the following recommendations: (a) The Purchasing Division should require that City Departments attend contract training more frequently; (b) The Purchasing Division should review its internal control processes and ensure that all staff have a clear understanding; and (c) Employee access to CTS should be revoked following the employee’s change of employment.

Lowe’s Donates Life Saving Equipment to Seniors

Mayor Richard J. Berry was pleased to accept a generous donation from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store on Paseo del Norte. On Monday, November 25, 2013, Lowe’s donated 50 Carbon Monoxide alarms to Albuquerque seniors on behalf of the Lowe’s Heroes Project. The partnership between Lowe’s, Albuquerque Fire Department, and the Department of Senior Affairs made another fire prevention project a reality.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

The Thanksgiving holiday brings families together to enjoy great food and make lasting memories but its also a very dangerous day for fires. Thanksgiving the leading day for cooking fires. Cooking equipment, most often the range or stovetop are the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States.

Office of Internal Audit passes External Quality Control Review

Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) issued by the Comptroller General of the United States Government Accountability Office require audit organizations to have an external peer review at least once every three years. The City of Albuquerque Office of Internal Audit (OIA) passed its triennial peer review on October 11, 2013, with the highest possible rating.

Audit - Park Maintenance

Parks & Recreation Department (PRD) Park Management can improve upon the valuable services it provides to the citizens of Albuquerque. The Department’s recognition that change can only happen through active engagement and participation is a crucial step which will lead to the furthered success of the Department. By accepting and implementing the recommendations listed in the audit report, PRD will position itself toward becoming a proactive, organized, successful division within the City of Albuquerque.

Audit - Residential Collections

The Solid Waste Management Department has opportunities for improving its system of internal controls. Such controls are vital to ensuring accountability, consistent operations and integrity of information assets. By implementing the recommendations in this report, SWMD can improve its system of internal controls as it continues to improve delivery of premier residential solid waste collections services to the City of Albuquerque.

October - December 2013: Volume 14, Issue 4

It’s hard to believe that summer is just about over and fall is creeping upon us. Once again we made it through fire closures and drought followed by over three inches of rain in July, with an epic storm blasting 90MPH winds. El Duende’s Pulaski needs a good sharpening after having to deal with all those trees and branches that were blocking our bosque trails.

Debra Yoshimura Appointed OIA Director

At its August 19 meeting, the Albuquerque City Council appointed Debra Yoshimura Director of the Office of Internal Audit. Debra was chosen from a pool of three qualified candidates selected by the City's independent Accountability in Government Oversight Committee. Debra recently returned to the Office of Internal Audit as Audit Manager in January 2013. Debra previously served as Director from 1996 through 2004. Congratulations, Debra!

Promotional Ceremony

On Tuesday, July 9th -Fire Chief James Breen and his Executive Staff happily promoted fifteen members in a small ceremony at the Fire Academy.

July - September 2013: Volume 14, Issue 3

While closures are in effect, the City and the Open Space Division strive to provide our citizens with recreational opportunities throughout the year. The Open Space Summer Series (details on page 7) continues through August and offers many chances to enjoy the outdoors and some of the best music, entertainment and speakers in Albuquerque.

Audit - Personnel Services

The Classification and Compensation Division (CCD) and The Employment Division (ED) should monitor and improve key processes and actions, and develop key benchmarking metrics. The Human Resources Information System (HRIS) should be more fully utilized to collect, analyze, and track data, and enhance coordination with other City departments to address concerns and minimize inconsistencies.

Audit - Senior Home Services

The Department of Senior Affairs Home Services Division can improve upon the valuable services it provides to the senior citizens of Albuquerque through improved activity tracking.