Stay Informed
of New Reports
Twitter
Report Waste, Fraud
Abuse, Or Retaliation
Report Waste Fraud, Abuse, Or Retaliation

Advisory Regarding the Department of Assets, Information Services’ Management of Municipal License Plates Registered to City Vehicles

Report Details

Report Description: 
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) writes to bring to your attention to concerns regarding the City of Chicago Department of Assets, Information and Services (AIS) inventory and management of municipal license plates issued and registered to City vehicles. An OIG review found that the municipal license plate inventory AIS manages does not match the Illinois Secretary of State (ILSOS) database of municipal plates issued to the City. Approximately 7,000 municipal license plates issued by ILSOS for City vehicles are unaccounted for at AIS. Without an accurate database and regular audit of the City’s municipal license plates, AIS is unable to account for and track the possession and use of all municipal license plates assigned to the City, resulting in, among other things, a significant risk of abuse and misconduct with municipal plates and vehicles within the City’s fleet. OIG’s review of AIS’ records discovered disjointed datasets and lists and multiple outdated recordkeeping practices. For example, AIS produced multiple Microsoft Excel spreadsheets dating as far back as 1995 that contain separate, unrelated lists of destroyed plates that do not correlate with each other. Some spreadsheets contain no dates or references to when plates were destroyed or which department utilized the destroyed plates. In another instance, a transferred plate list created in 2013 was used to record transfer requests, however, it was abandoned after 2016.
Date Issued: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Agency Reviewed / Investigated: 
Location: 
Chicago, IL
United States
Type of Report: 
Advisory Reports
Professional Standard: 
GAO's Yellow Book, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS)

Please note that Oversight.gov contains links to documents hosted on various state and local government and other non-Federal Government websites (external websites). CIGIE proudly complies with section 508 accessibility regulations in the posting of Federal Government reports on Oversight.gov; however, CIGIE cannot guarantee section 508 compliance (accessibility) on any external websites. Additionally, when clicking on links to external websites, users should be aware that doing so causes them to leave CIGIE’s website and to be subject to that external website’s privacy policy. Furthermore, CIGIE neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of the information contained in external website links.