Preliminary Assessment of Public Works Contracting Released as Part of Public Integrity Review
This first assessment covers contracting activities at Public Works. It focuses on each of the procurement methods Public Works uses to select vendors and award contracts itself or with the assistance of the Office of Contract Administration when applicable.
What happens next?
Our Public Integrity Review of inadequate policies and procedures exposed in the Nuru investigation will continue, with future assessments on: the use of “friends of” organizations in the City; ethical practices in contract award decisions at the Airport and other commissions; the design and application of the City’s contractor debarment process; the Department of Building Inspection’s permitting process; and other issues. Those assessments will be released in phases as our work moves ahead in coming months, and additional topics added as the investigation progresses.
Investigators from both the Controller’s Office and City Attorney’s Office work hand-in-hand with the public and City employees to fight abuses to public integrity citywide. To report suspected public integrity abuses regarding this investigation, please contact the Public Integrity Tip Line. You can provide information via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (415) 554-7657. All tips may be submitted anonymously and will remain confidential. Information regarding City payments, searchable by department and vendor, are available on the Controller’s public transparency website at openbook.sfgov.org. As always, any member of the public may file any allegation of improper or illegal public activity with the City’s Whistleblower Program at sfcontroller.org/whistleblower-program. That program, administered by the Controller’s Office, often partners with the City Attorney’s Office on investigations.