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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

City Analysts Want to Target Healthy SF, Pay Bonuses, Golf in New Round of Audits

Posted By on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 3:36 PM

How healthy is Healthy San Francisco?
  • How healthy is Healthy San Francisco?
How healthy is Healthy San Francisco?
Officials in the office of the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Legislative Analyst have suggested that San Francisco's universal health-care program -- along with such topics as excessive bonuses for public employees and the future of the city's public golf courses -- receive new scrutiny through audits in 2010 and 2011.

The goal of the reviews, as laid out in the memo, would be to evaluate programs that are "costly, inefficient, or have failed to achieve program goals" or that have been criticized by the Board of Supervisors. Sometimes auditors simply want to gauge the workings of city services that have not been audited in a long time.

In a memo submitted to the board, analysts suggest a thorough-going audit -- anticipated to take up to 1,500 hours -- of Healthy San Francisco,

the city's landmark health-care access program passed into law in 2006.

Auditors hope to evaluate the program's cost, participation levels, and

patient outcomes, as well as how it will fit into new federal

health-care legislation.

Also suggested in the memo are audits of the city's practices for offering "premium pay" bonuses -- supposedly granted for special skills or types of work -- to its employees. The future of San Francisco's underused public golf courses, a subject that has seen much hand-wringing in recent years, could also be studied.

The supervisors' Government Audit and Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on the recommended audits this at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

This blog post has been edited since its original publication.

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