A Civil Grand Jury report with respect to the management of the City of San Francisco’s $25 billion City construction program has concluded that “it needs [much] work” and a tech overhaul.
The three questions which the Grand Jury aimed to answer, “problems that have been called out in numerous City audit reports over the last few years but remain unaddressed”:
- How can San Francisco manage a construction portfolio of over $25 billion with inconsistent controls, insufficient systems, and an inability to consolidate citywide financial and management information?
- Why does San Francisco continue to operate a contracting environment that is out of step with best practices?
- Should the City be spending so much on construction without the oversight of the Board of Supervisors?
Identified issues include the poor management of change orders (there were 607 for the San Francisco General Hospital project alone) and Information Technology (in a city which touts, and is being driven by, tech) which is “out of date,” “obsolete,” and “weak.”
Recommendations include requiring all City departments to adhere to a standardized change order policy and the hiring of an external consulting firm “to develop citywide system requirements for the implementation of a construction management system.” And San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors “must take a more active role in the oversight of construction projects.”
The full report which was just released: