Inspector general criticizes city lawyers’ record keeping, data management

February 29, 20160

The city’s in-house attorneys do not track the time they spend on each case they are handling and sometimes dabble in outside work, which obscures the employees’ contributions and can lead to subpar job performance, according to an Office of Inspector General report.

In addition, the Law Department’s internal systems do not provide data on attorney prosecution rates, legal claims the city owes and other basic information — a “missed opportunity” for city officials and the public, who might otherwise use that data to gauge lawyers’ effectiveness, the report said.

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