A new bill would require the city’s government watchdog agency to keep watching even when its investigations are done.
Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) will introduce legislation this week to make the Department of Investigation publicly track whether city agencies it investigates actually follow the recommendations it issues after probes.
“In a world of bureaucratic A.D.D., which affects all of us in government, I worry about a hit-and-run dynamic,” Torres told the Daily News.
The recommendations are issued by DOI at the end of its often-scathing reports outlining problems — and the targeted agencies often agree to them. But beyond that, there’s little follow-up, Torres said.
Torres said follow-up investigations by DOI into the Department of Corrections on security failures at jails and the hiring of correction officers with red flags in their past found the department had failed to implement recommended reforms, resulting in the problems continuing.
But in other cases, he said, it’s unclear whether agencies are complying with DOI recommendations — like on increasing staffing levels at the NYPD’s Special Victims Division.
“An online tracing system ensures that there’s long-term follow-up and follow-through on reforms,” Torres said. “It compels DOI to be more proactive and it compels the rest of city government to be more conscientious about implementing reforms.”
Torres said the previous DOI commissioner, Mark Peters, planned to unveil an online platform to search and track agency operations before Mayor de Blasio tossed him out of his job in November.
“The commissioner was on the verge of unveiling a DOI dashboard but it never came to fruition as a result of his abrupt firing,” Torres said.
De Blasio cited an independent report that found Peters had exceeded his authority in trying to fold an independent schools investigator into DOI when he canned Peters. But Peters insists de Blasio got rid of him because of DOI’s highly critical reports.