Audit finds mismanagement, ethical breaches in LAUSD food services
LA School Report | July 15, 2015
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Los Angeles Unified’s massive food services program is riddled with mismanagement, inappropriate spending and ethical breaches, according to an internal audit released Wednesday.
The 33-page audit by the office of the inspector general reviewed the district’s revamped food procurement system, which was introduced five years ago to supply the nation’s second-largest school food operation. Eight major vendors were awarded $750 million in food contracts spread over five years.
Under the new system, auditors found increased food prices, bloated inventories, incompatible computer systems to order food, a “haphazard” menu development process and insufficient controls over spending. The audit also found increased meal participation and greater innovation and flexibility under the new system.
L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon Cortines said district officials have already moved to tighten fiscal controls and spending oversight.
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