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    Some examples of how the OIG has positively impacted the LAUSD
     
    • The OIG assisted in drafting a revised and more comprehensive Code of Ethics.
    • The OIG drafted the original Whistleblower Protection Policy.
    • The OIG assisted the General Counsel in revising the Conflict of Interest Policy and reporting requirements.
    • An OIG Procurement Study led to a more centralized procurement process and the purchase of a master warehouse that improved the efficiency of operations and reduced the need for rental facilities. The OIG study also influenced the decision to hire a Chief Procurement Officer for the first time.
    • An OIG audit of Facilities Contracts Administration resulted in the improved processing of public works contracts.
    • The OIG did a comprehensive review of Payroll Operations that was the catalyst for the LAUSD to modernize antiquated payroll and human resource systems with an enterprise resource planning system.
    • An OIG audit of the Accounts Payable Process was the basis for the expansion of the purchasing card program which streamlined the previously labor intensive low dollar value purchasing process.
    • An OIG audit of a Food Services related technology initiative led to the cancellation of a related technology project that had limited prospects for success saving the LAUSD millions of dollars.
    • An OIG audit of Overtime pay resulted in the increased monitoring of overtime worked by employees.
    • An OIG audit of Food Safety and Food Services Equipment resulted in significant improvements to the safe preparation and handling of cafeteria food
    • An OIG audit of Procurement Contracts led to the adoption of a policy to include audit clauses in all contracts which helped to protect the LAUSD from overcharges and violations of contract terms and conditions from contractors.
    • An OIG review of the Insurance Risk Management function and Workers’ Compensation Program resulted in numerous improvements to the program and the eventual hiring of a Chief Risk Officer.
    • An OIG audit of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process resulted in improvements to the delivery of services to Special Education students as required by their IEPs.
    • An OIG audit of the Transportation Services Division’s Preventive Maintenance Program led to improvements to school bus and district vehicle maintenance which helped to reduce repair and replacement costs.
    • An OIG audit of a contracted Travel Agency resulted in the procurement of a new travel service provider that was more responsive to LAUSD customer service needs.
    • An OIG audit of the Use of Non-District Facilities by LAUSD staff resulted in the creation of a formal review and approval process for staff requesting to use non-district facilities.
    • An OIG audit of the Procurement Card Program identified process gaps that needed to be addressed to help prevent improper procurement card usage.
    • An OIG audit of Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness resulted in the LAUSD being better prepared to address an influenza pandemic.
    • An OIG audit of campus safety at Early Childhood Education Centers resulted in administrators being more prepared to handle emergencies at Early Ed Centers.
    • OIG audits of newly implemented SAP processes helped the LAUSD to better understand where the new SAP system was functioning effectively and where there were control and security gaps that still needed to be addressed.
    • An OIG audit of the Strategic Planning Process for the School Bus Fleet resulted in more accurate forecasting of future transportation service needs and requirements.
    • An OIG audit of the Approval Process for New Charter Schools resulted in a strengthened and standardized approval process for new charter school petitions.
    • An OIG audit of a Charter School Management Corporation led to major improvements in the oversight over charter school management fee charges.
    • An OIG audit of the Charter School Admissions Process provided assurance that Charter Schools were admitting students in compliance with State mandated admission policies.
    • An OIG audit of the AG Curriculum led to the creation of a comprehensive accountability matrix; more early intervention planning for low performing students; and a focus on AG professional development for teachers.
    • An OIG audit of the Textbook Inventory Cycle identified significant deficiencies in the LAUSD’s textbook ordering process that needed to be addressed.
    • An OIG audit of a Charter School (i) produced the audit evidence needed by the proper authorities to prosecute the former Principal of the school for serious financial misconduct and (ii) compelled the governing board of the Charter School to cure any gaps in its oversight that could lead to future financial irregularities at the school.
    • The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) relied on OIG audits to help ensure that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)/stimulus funds provided to the LAUSD were properly spent.
    • An OIG audit of the Division of State Architect (DSA) closeout certification process identified control weaknesses and gaps in the process which resulted in updated policies and procedures.