CHICK FAULTS ITA CONTRACTING
Audit Finds Lack of Accountability and Circumvention of Process
Potential for "Misuse or Abuse of Public Dollars"
Los Angeles - The City's Information Technology Agency (ITA)
"systematically skirted" contracting requirements and avoided scrutiny
according to an audit released by City Controller Laura Chick.
"ITA cannot demonstrate that the outsourcing of work is awarded
through fair and open competition, that the decisions are beneficial to
the public, and that the agreements are detailed to ensure the public
receives full value for what they are paying. This lack of oversight
led to increased costs and the potential for misuse or abuse of public
dollars, " wrote Chick in a letter to the City's elected officials.
The ITA is charged with providing the City government with
information technology and infrastructure. The Agency has an annual
budget of $100 million.
Chick's audits of the contracting process include the Airport,
Port, Water and Power, Public Works, and CRA. Her audit of
Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations spurred a recent cash settlement
agreement of $4.5 Million to the City of Los Angeles.
Re-elected overwhelmingly last month to a second four year term,
Chick has worked diligently to save taxpayer dollars, improve city
services, eliminate waste and open up the City's books to greater public
The complete ITA audit, as well as all of the Controller's
audits and reports, can be accessed on her web site at