While the City has not moved forward on the strategic plan for Zero Waste by 2020, they have made considerable progress in moving forward with strategic planning for the City. Including Priority Initiatives for each department in this budget (pages 125-233) and actual results in the next is a commendable step forward in holding the city accountable for delivering promised services.
Item 58: What Risks Will Audits Address in 2018? - Next year's audit plan. The City's most important asset is its people. An immediate risk to operations and strategic, long term planning is workload capacity: does the City have the staff resources to provide expected, promised, and critical services? Three new audits will address immediate, as opposed to planned, service-delivery demands this year:
Community direct requests for service
Code enforcement workload
We are also dropping some planned audits because of capacity challenges, including workforce turnover and resources needed to address the ERP completion and other priorities adopted by Council:
Data collection systems - After the new payroll system is in place, we can make more effective recommendations for systematic analysis of resources allocated to respond to needs and impact of homeless and similar populations.
Investment policy - Deferred because of staff capacity issues in Finance.
Fiscal sustainability - Council and the City Manager are planning additional action on unfunded liabilities and prudent fiscal policies next year.
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Ann-Marie Hogan, Auditor City of Berkeley Auditor's Office