OAKLAND -- More than a year after slamming police oversight of its technology systems, Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby said the department has made insufficient progress carrying out her recommendations.

In a follow-up report released Tuesday, Ruby faulted the department for still not having finalized a long-term technology plan or a process to evaluate the systems it has purchased.

The department has fully implemented only six of the 22 recommendations made in Ruby's August 2012 report. Ten of the recommendations have been partially implemented; six have not yet been implemented.

"Given the seriousness of the original findings and the impact on safety from a technology standpoint, that is unacceptable," Ruby said.

But City Administrator Deanna Santana said the update ignored several key developments. She said the department was closing in on hiring a full-time police technology director, moving forward on several new systems including one for records management, and had begun hiring outside project managers to oversee big projects.

"I think there has been a solid set of progress and now that we are more fully staffed we should be able to make additional progress," Santana said.

Ruby's initial audit found that over the five previous years the police department had squandered nearly $2 million on technology systems that were never used or underutilized. City officials had disputed Ruby's figures, maintaining that just under $600,000 had been misspent.


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The department has satisfied Ruby's call to inventory its technology systems and projects, develop a multiyear budget for technology spending and begin work obtaining a new computer-aided dispatch system.

Regarding the strategic plan that would spell out technology goals, the city reported to Ruby that police and city technology officials had begun meeting weekly to develop the plan.

Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435