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Controller Wants Big Changes at City Transit Agency

The city Department of Transportation needs a top-to-bottom overhaul of its management structure and improved methods for collecting revenues, according to a report released Monday by the City Controller’s Office.

The 218-page report includes 26 specific recommendations for reorganizing most of the agency’s internal functions, including the management reorganization, simplification of its revenue collection and stepped-up internal controls of the department’s budget. It also recommends improving overtime practices for parking enforcement and traffic control personnel.

Jaime de la Vega, general manager of the department, said he agrees with the recommendations.

“The department thanks the controller for conducting this management review,” he said. “The department concurs and has or will be implementing the recommendations.”

City Controller Wendy Greuel said the improvements are critical for a city as transportation-reliant as Los Angeles.

“We are at a crucial period in the creation of the next generation of Los Angeles’ transportation infrastructure, and we need effective and accountable leadership at the department to keep Los Angeles moving in the right direction,” Greuel said.

Greuel has issued several past audits critical of the Transportation Department. Last year, she released an audit finding that the agency keeps poor records of how many parking meters it has and wastes money on scanning devices to monitor those meters.