This week the City Council concluded its hearings on the FY19 preliminary budget and over the upcoming weeks the Council will be developing a formal response to the Mayor’s FY19 preliminary budget. The Council’s FY19 budget response will be released within the first two weeks of April, which will kick-off negotiations between the Council and the Administration that will continue until the FY19 budget is adopted on or before June 30, 2018.
Tuesday’s Committee on Oversight and Investigations preliminary budget hearing revealed that department backlog has led to the hiring of thousands of city employees without proper background checks.
DOI Commissioner Mark Peters testified that his agency ended the year with a backlog of 6,050 background investigations. The Commissioner’s testimony further revealed that 21% of background checks completed in 2017 had potentially “adverse information” that may have impacted hiring.