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CITY CONTROLLER'S OFFICE AUDIT IDENTIFIES $3.6 MILLION IN ANNUAL SAVINGS

February 8, 2010 -- A newly released audit by the City Controller’s Office Audit Division has identified potential savings to the City of Houston, conservatively estimated at $3.6 million per year.  The savings could be achieved by more efficient timing of citywide vendor invoice payments.

“Given the budget shortfall the City is facing, identification of these savings is timely,” said Controller Ronald Green. “We will partner with Mayor Parker and City Council whenever possible to improve Houston’s financial health, and thanks to the good work of our Audit Division, we have an opportunity to do that.”

The audit, originally begun as a review of disbursements under $75,000 within the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), identified that resolving date-sensitive application issues in the City’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System corresponding to efficient timing of invoice payments, could result in annualized savings citywide.

The audit and proposed resolutions have been conducted with cooperative efforts between the Controller’s Office, PARD, Information Technology Department, and the Administrative and Regulatory Affairs Department.

Ronald Green is in his first year as City Controller, after serving three terms as an At-Large Houston City Council Member.