An effective and efficient information technology (IT) procurement process is critical for the City of Los Angeles (City) to leverage technology to conduct business and serve the public. City departments must have appropriate and effective fiscal controls to prevent IT commodity contract misuse (e.g., paying for commodities that are not operationally necessary).
The Office of the City Controller conducts periodic IT commodity procurement reviews to assess how well City departments, such as LAFD, are monitoring IT commodity purchases.
Fact #1: The LAFD is the City’s first responder for medical emergencies, fires and other natural disasters, responding to an average of 330,000 medical emergency calls annually. The LAFD transports more than 500 people every day to local hospitals.
Fact #2: LAFD’s Fiscal Year 2019 adopted budget is just over $674 million, with $662 million (98%) funded by the City’s General Fund.
Fact #3: Approximately 84% ($565 million) of LAFD’s Fiscal Year 2019 adopted budget is devoted to three programs, Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, and Emergency Medical Services.
Fact #4: Between July 2017 and February 2019, LAFD purchased over $3.3 million in computer hardware and software, and $4 million in Motorola radio equipment. We estimate that LAFD has over 11,000 mobile radios that are installed in LAFD equipment and have a total estimated cost of more than $70 million. This estimate excludes the cost of handheld radios which are either checked out or assigned to LAFD employees.