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Official news from the City of Albuquerque.

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.

Audit - Real Property Division

The Real Property Division should continue to refine existing standard operating procedures in order to continue providing quality professional real estate services to the City of Albuquerque.

Audit - Disaster Recovery Plan

The Information Technology Services Division should regularly review and update its Disaster Recovery planning documentation to enhance the division’s ability to ensure continuous service of critical IT components.

Albuquerque Fire Department Urges Residents To Be Fire Safe

If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of Americans thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often less. That’s why Albuquerque Fire Department is teaming up NFPA to urge residents to be fire smart and protect their homes from fire.