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June 29, 2001
City Managers Welcome Auditor's Report on Consulting Services
Toronto's Acting Chief Administrative Officer has thanked the City's Auditor
for a series of recommendations to strengthen controls on the use of

"We're committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive the highest possible value
for their tax dollars, and we're eager to work with the Auditor in any
undertaking that will strengthen the City's management of consulting costs,"
Shirley Hoy said.

The Auditor's report contains 17 recommendations to improve internal controls
on consulting costs. Ms Hoy said that many of the Auditor's recommendations
reflect City management's own proposals.

"Even before the Auditor developed this report, we had tabled several
recommendations with Council's Administration Committee about ways we can
further strengthen the City's controls on the use of consultants," Ms. Hoy said.

The Chief Administrative Officer's recommendations are contained in four
reports and include requests that Council approve:
  • a target of five per cent for cuts in the City's total consulting costs
  • a uniform purchasing policy for selecting and hiring consultants
  • a policy on standards and accountability for the use of consultants
  • proposals for more timely reporting to Council about City spending on consulting.
"I'm completely confident the City will be able to
address most of the Auditor's major concerns if Council adopts our
recommendations," Ms Hoy said.

The Auditor's report confirms previous findings by City managers that estimates
of consulting expenditures for the first years of amalgamation have been

On Tuesday, July 3 the Administration Committee will discuss the Auditor's
report and the CAO's four reports for further controls on consultants' costs.

The four reports can be viewed on the City's Web site at:

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