Houston, TX 77046
March 29, 2012Board of Education and Board Audit Committee,Houston Independent School District4400 West 18th StreetHouston, TX 77092This report reflects the results of our performance audit related to Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) contract recommendation awardsprocess. The objective of our performance audit was to assess adherence to policies, established procurement control processes, and all statutoryprocurement requirements regarding HISD’s contract recommendation awards process for the period from July 1, 2010 through September 16,2011. Our performance audit was conducted in accordance with the standards for performance audits contained in
issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Complete report requirements are contained in the
to this report.KEY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONSBoard Policy Issues
Most board members indicated that they did not totally understand all the requirements of conflict of interest and ethics policies.
Werecommend that steps be taken to provide expanded discussion and training on existing conflict of interest and related procurement policiesaffecting board members to board members on at least an annual basis.
Existing board policies on conflict of interest and related procurement policies affecting board members are quite stringent and makecompliance for board members very difficult.
As a result, HISD staff spends quite a bit of time in monitoring these policy requirements. Werecommend that steps be taken to simplify these policies, including internal staff policies related to monitoring and activities of procurementevaluation staff.