Posted by Phil Andrews
A newly released City of Guelph report going next month to council's Audit Committee suggests "poor planning and attention to deadlines" is a significant factor causing delays in the completion of civic staff reports.
Here is the report. Page 72 is among those of interest.
Here is a portion of the report that comments on this issue. The parenthesized elements were added by me:
"Even though certain situations most likely require last-minute changes and late submission (of reports) due to unforeseeable circumstances, other (late-filed reports) are likely due to poor planning and attention to deadlines.
The City Clerk makes a quarterly presentation of these statistics to the Executive Team, however to date there has not been a significant change in the late statistics due to this action. From a reputational standpoint, there is risk to the City if the public perceive that delays have resulted in inadequate opportunity to read and understand reports and make decisions relating to deputations. These delays also act against the City’s Open Government values of Openness, Transparency and Accountability."