(Chicago, IL) — October 6, 2011. In taking a barely-veiled swipe at his predecessor, ex-Mayor Richard Daley, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that he has directed his budget office to implement reforms to ensure the City stops leaving “grant dollars on the table.”
The plan announced by Emanuel is expected to save the city $20 million in 2012.
“The City is unnecessarily spending millions of taxpayer dollars from our own revenue funds because we are not staying on top of federal and state grant funding we have been awarded,” said Emanuel.
“The City will not leave one grant dollar on the table.”
With wafer-thin detail, the Mayor said the savings will be achieved in three categories:
- Properly charging grants for the personnel that support grant programs, $4.4 million
- Restructuring the grants reimbursement process, $5.2 million
- Properly charging grants for administrative support, $10.4 million
In the press release issued by the Mayor’s office, which stated “to address this ineffective fund management and under-spending of grant funds”, it not so subtly slams Daley who prided himself on his management abilities.
The city’s budget office will create a new Grant Management Unit in 2012, which will oversee management, coordination and expenditures of all federal and state grant funding, which is currently spread throughout the multiple departments.
The new grant management group will also take other management reforms to squeeze out extra state and federal grant dollars:
- Comprehensive analyses to gain a better understanding of grant requirements.
- Restructuring of process for reimbursements for grant expenses to ensure all eligible expenses are reimbursed to the City in a timely manner.
- Centralizing grant revenue collections to ensure all revenue is accounted for and collected in a timely fashion.
- Implementation of a single contracting process for all delegate agencies to follow.
- Creation of reporting system for delegate agencies and vendors.
- More aggressive pursuit and identification of new grant state and federal funding sources.
Additionally, Emanuel claimed that the city has already generated $23.8 million of grant savings out of the $31.2 million that he had announced was his goal when assumed office.
“It is essential that we get a handle on our finances at every level of city government, improve efficiencies and implement aggressive reforms to get after the money we have available to us,” said Emanuel.