Mr. Timothy Lynch
Ms. Fredrika Taubitz, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
Zenith National Insurance Company
Ms. Anne Valenzuela-Smith, Executive Administrator, Business Issues
Mr. Richard Sheehan, Special Counsel
Mr. Harold Kwalwasser, General Counsel
Mr. Don Mullinax, Office of Inspector General
Ms. Megan Klee, Chief Information Officer
Mr. Alan Tomiyama, Business Manager
Dr. Jim Alther, E-Rate Director
Ms. Ann Fisher, Chief Procurement Officer
Mr. Peter Bowen, Ethics Officer
Dr. Roger Rasmussen, Director, Independent Analysis Unit
Dr. Charles Schepart, Analyst, Independent Analysis Unit
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE SEPTEMBER 20, 2001 MEETING
The Committee approved the September 20, 2001 minutes as submitted.
INTEGRATED STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (SIS)
Ms. Valenzuela-Smith presented staff's recommendation to move forward with negotiations on a contract for a new Integrated Student Information System (ISIS). One of the central issues in the original Chanda Smith lawsuit was the District's lack of an integrated student information system. Because the District used multiple stand alone student information systems, the Chanda Smith Consent Decree calls for the procurement (through a Request for Proposals (RFP)) and implementation of an ISIS. The Board of Education approved a plan on August 22, 2000 to implement ISIS, and it went through the selection processes. District staff expressed concern on the need to establish a standard architectural approach for all technology systems, and undertook a review of the two RFP finalists whose proposals included specific product recommendations. An outside firm led the technical reviews with expertise in databases and data warehousing proposals. District staff considered the technical reviews in deciding whether to accept the recommendations of the RFP Committee or reject the recommendations and start fresh with a new RFP. The Superintendent recommends that staff initiate negotiations with the preferred vendor. Should staff be unable to conclude negotiations successfully with the preferred vendor, staff then has the option to pursue negotiations with the alternate vendor. Negotiations should be concluded within the next 30 to 60 days. If the negotiations are successful, staff will bring to the BFAT Committee the proposed contract for Phase 1.
The Committee Members expressed their concerns and questions on who will oversee the completion of
the project, the timeline for completion, and project deadlines. Ms. Canter and Mr. Huizar also expressed
concern for the pace of completing the project. Ms. Valenzuela-Smith responded that the negotiations are
difficult because the two finalists are not a perfect fit for LAUSD's needs. Additions and modifications of
the proposals would need to be made and negotiated, and there are business issues that need to be resolved.
Mr. Lynch suggested that staff might have more leverage if they negotiated with both vendors simultaneously, and agreed with Ms. Young that staff should not be held to a specific time limit.
Ms. Young asked staff to respond to the following issues:
RESPONSE TO KPMG REVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIG)
Mr. Mullinax, Inspector General, commented about the role of the Inspector General and the role of his
office. The Association of Inspector Generals has standards in the areas of independence, planning,
organizing, staff qualifications, direction and control, coordination, reporting, confidentiality, and quality
assurance. In LAUSD, the OIG reports directly to the Board of Education, and receives oversight from the
BFAT Committee. The basic concept behind the offices of inspector generals is that an institution must
build into itself a mechanism of self-criticism and self-correction. They were designed to be neutral,
impartial and independent. Besides looking at illegal and improper activity, most OIG's have more
auditors than investigators. Auditors evaluate the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of programs and
operations. Investigators focus on waste, fraud and abuse. The OIG provides information and
recommendations. Management can either accept or reject their recommendations. They do not administer
programs or make operational decisions. Last year the Los Angeles County Superior Court denied a
contractor's attempt to get a temporary restraining order to prevent the issuance of a report. The Court
upheld the OIG right to issue reports. The OIG is capable of carrying out a full range of audits and
investigations. The OIG charter gives authorization to conduct audits and investigations of any and all
functions within LAUSD, as well as entities that do business with the District, and the OIG must maintain the public's trust in LAUSD. In order to accomplish this challenge, the OIG must have the freedom to make independent and objective judgements.
Mr. Mullinax made the following comments about the KPMG External Evaluation of the OIG:
Mr. Mullinax commented on some of the recommendations that required actions first by the BFAT Committee or the Board. One recommendation proposed that the OIG Charter be amended to lengthen the term of the IG one year longer than the term of the Board. In regard to this recommendation, there might be some legal or legislative issues that need to be researched.
The Committee Members expressed their concerns and questions, and stated support for the three-year term.
EVALUATION OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL - CLOSED SESSION
The Committee recessed into Closed Session at 5:26 p.m., and reconvened at 6:10 p.m. Mr. Huizar announced that the Committee recommended forwarding the contract of the Inspector General to the Board of Education on October 30, 2001.
DECISION MATRIX OF NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES
Ms. Valenzuela-Smith presented the LAUSD Responsibility Matrix (tables) for various non-instructional services (business, finance, facilities, technology, and personnel). She made the following comments:
WAREHOUSING AND PROCUREMENT PROGRAM
Mr. Tomiyama, Business Manager presented the Purchasing, Warehousing and Distribution Study, Status Report and the LAUSD Purchasing, Warehousing and Distribution Study: Briefing of Findings and Recommendations that was done by Deloitte Consulting and Tompkins Associates.
Deloitte Consulting did a study of the LAUSD procurement process for the Office of the Inspector
General. Deloitte recommended that the District combine contracting with purchasing, and recommended that LAUSD hire a Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). They also recommended that LAUSD have less reliance on District warehousing and place greater emphasis on just-in-time purchasing, where manufacturer and distributors store the products and delivers them directly to schools.
Subsequent to Deloitte's 1999 study, District staff wanted more details on the implementation-focused study on supply chain performance and engaged Deloitte in 2000. The study was presented to the BFAT Committee in September 2000.
Ms. Anne Fischer, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) was hired as a result of one of Deloitte's recommendations. She commented on the following recommendations made by Deloitte and Tompkins and the status:
It was suggested that Mr. Mullinax, Mr. Tomiyama, Ms. Fischer and Mr. McConnell should develop a
recommendation regarding public works contracting that will be discussed at a future BFAT Committee
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Ms. Klee, Chief Information Officer (CIO), gave an overview on Information Technology achievements. She commented on the following areas:
E-RATE PROGRAM PROGRESS REPORT
Dr. Jim Alther, E-Rate Director, presented the E-Rate program progress report. He made the following comments:
The 2000-01 General Fund Cash Flow Statement Report, and the Report of Investment Activity, from the General Accounting Branch, October 3, 2001, was accepted as "Receive and File."
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (DSS) PROGRESS REPORT
The DSS Status Report, DSS Steering Committee, October 16, 2001, was accepted as "Receive and File."
INTEGRATED FINANCIAL SYSTEM (IFS) PROGRESS REPORT
The Integrated Financial System Project Updates (Memo), Joseph Zeronian, CFO, October 12, 2001, was accepted as "Receive and File."
STATUS REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF VARIOUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) PROJECTS
The Technology Projects Status Report, Information Technology Division, James Konantz, October 16, 2001, was accepted as "Receive and File."
ITEMS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
There were no items referred to the Committee by the Board of Education or the Committee of the Whole.
Mr. Darryl Dufay, expressed his concerns regarding KPMG review of the OIG. He supports the independent efforts of the Office of the Inspector General, and the continuance of the OIG and its incumbent.
Mr. Gene Krischer and Ms. Michelle Varela, Friends of the Children, expressed support for the OIG and Mr. Mullinax. They read various documents supporting the independent work of the OIG.
Mr. George Buzzetti, spoke to the KPMG review of the OIG, and the evaluation of the Inspector General. He expressed support for the OIG and Mr. Mullinax. He indicated that LAUSD needs to operate with integrity, and that the Ethics Officer needs to work closely with the OIG. He believes that Mr. Mullinax has acted professionally, with integrity and done excellent work.
Mr. Howard Watts, spoke to the evaluation of the Inspector General, and believes that the Inspector General is the most important person in LAUSD because he has the responsibility for keeping the District honest and clean.
Mr. Mike Saulenas, encouraged the District to take care of its missed asbestos problems.
The meeting adjourned in honor of Mr. Olonzo Woodfin on his retirement from District service
at 7:40 p.m.
1. Approval of the minutes for the September 20, 2001 meeting
The Committee will take action on approving the draft minutes of the September 20, 2001 meeting.
2. Integrated Student Information System (ISIS)
3. Response to KPMG review of the Office of the Inspector General
6. Warehousing and procurement program
Ms. Klee (Chief Information Officer) will discuss recent achievements in various IT projects.
8. E-Rate program progress report
Dr. Alther will present a progress report on the District's Year 3 and Year 4 E-Rate programs.
9. Committee organizational issues
10. Cash flow and cash investments
Ms. Fong (Controller) will provide a report on District cash flows and cash investments.
11. Decision Support System (DSS) progress report
Persons who wish to address the Committee may sign up at the meeting.