Newsom lauds Office of Emergency Services audit
Reiterates confidence in OES director
By Pat Murphy
May 16, 2006
City Budget Analyst findings in an audit of the Office of Emergency
Services and Homeland Security (OES), in part critical of the
agency, are very helpful to completing the OES task, Mayor Gavin
Newsom said Monday.
criticized the department as being top heavy with managers and
slow to spend federal funding.
Board of Supervisors Budget Analyst Harvey Rose released the
audit yesterday also citing incompletion of emergency plans for
all City departments.
Newsom addressed the audit following a Bayview tour of the City's
first Communities of Opportunity Center attended by California
First Lady Maria Shriver.
California First Lady Maria Shriver and Mayor Gavin Newsom
"I think it's actually a very helpful document," Newsom
"I think if you read all the letters and appendages, and
you look on balance where we were two years ago and imagine what
that audit would have looked like two years ago, and the progress
we've been making in the last 18 months that we have a lot that
is going right.
"At the same time I've said it throughout -- I don't know
how many times I've keep saying it - we've got a lot of work to
"This audit will actually be very helpful in advancing those
efforts, and more importantly the audit brings up a lot of areas
where we were certainly aware there were weaknesses and we were
working on them.
"In other areas where frankly it was a third set of eyes
that helped us advance consideration to amend and augment the
way we were doing business so I think it is actually a very helpful
Newsom issued an executive directive May 10 implementing 19 audit
The mayor yesterday reiterated his confidence in OES director
Annemarie Conroy who
responded last week to the audit.
"I think she's done a very good job under difficult circumstances
and nothing in this audit makes me change my opinion of her,"
For her part, Conroy noted the OES budget was reduced every year
The agency had a staff of four employees when Conroy became director,
Conroy told the Sentinel.
She maintained that San Francisco should not be seen in a vacuum
when considering how quickly federal funding is spent.
Federal grant guidelines have slowed expenditure in most urban
centers including Los Angeles, she said.