The Fire Department established the Compliance Office in March 1990 to assist Department managers in fulfilling their responsibility to establish and comply with County and Departmental policies and procedures.
Within the Department’s organizational structure, the Compliance Office reports directly to the Fire Chief. As a functioning internal audit unit, the Compliance Office is required to perform an independent evaluation of all Department operating procedures, internal control systems and programs. Its mission is to support the Department’s vision of an exemplary organization by providing assurance that the Department is operating within the established guidelines.
The Compliance Office works with management to develop legislative changes, negotiate agreements, and develop policies and procedures. Examples include AB 1153, Advanced Life Support Paramedic Pass Through and California Department of Corrections agreements, State of California Credit Card Program, Incidental Expenditures, eCAPS Internal Control Plans, and Pacoima Warehouse operating procedures.
Many Compliance Office assignments are mandated by the Board of Supervisors or Auditor-Controller. For example, the reporting of outside employment activities, Department donations, Statement of Economic Interest, foundations, and the Internal Control Certification Program are all ongoing responsibilities of the Compliance Office.
The Compliance Office provides managers with the resources to make independent decisions on governing their daily operations.