In 2006, DOI announced a commitment to collect, memorialize and issue all of the PPRs made by DOI to various City agencies since 2002. The effort is to ensure that corruption vulnerabilities already identified have been fixed. PPRs illustrate DOI’s dual function of not only making arrests but also – unlike any other law enforcement agency – addressing operational vulnerabilities within a City agency. DOI has appointed a staff member to undertake this project of collecting all PPRs made by DOI and ensuring that the problems identified have been remedied. Since 2002, DOI has issued nearly 2,650 policy and procedure recommendations to City agencies on a wide variety of topics, the majority of which have been successfully implemented.
For example, as a result of DOI's investigation into the illegal sale of mobile food vending permits, the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (“DOHMH”) adopted a new procedure that requires legitimate permit holders and two-year license holders to appear in person before DOHMH representatives during the permit inspection and license renewal processes. These DOI recommendations reduced the opportunities for illegal operators to pass themselves off as legitimate permit and license holders and gave the City more direct scrutiny of permit and license recipients.
And in two separate cases, the City Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”) adopted recommendations that include creating an intake unit to more closely track cases involving adoptive children; and strengthening oversight by implementing a new audit plan for ACS’s childcare voucher program.