No rest for the DOI — law­maker

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY JIL­LIAN JOR­GENSEN

A new bill would re­quire the city’s govern­ment watch­dog agency to keep watch­ing even when its in­ves­ti­ga­tions are done.

City 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 [at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der], which af­fects all of us in govern­ment, I worry about a hi­tand-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 fol­lowup, Tor­res said.

Tor­res said fol­lowup in­ves­ti­ga­tions by DOI into the Cor­rec­tion Depart­ment 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.

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 fol­lowup 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.”

DOI de­clined to com­ment on the new pro­posal.

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