(Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF’s Department of Technology comes under scrutiny

The departure of yet another head of the Department of Technology has caught the attention of the Board of Supervisors, which is now planning to audit the $114 million department.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin requested the audit to be conducted by the budget analyst during Thursday’s Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee hearing.

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Earlier this month, the San Francisco Examiner reported that Miguel Gamiño, who Mayor Ed Lee appointed in December 2014 to serve as the head of the Department of Technology, was hired by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Gamiño’s top priority for the New York mayor is to create a citywide affordable high-speed service by 2025.

San Francisco officials say Gamiño’s departure won’t set back its own citywide internet plans. But the Department of Technology has had a high turnover and some question whether the turnover hasn’t impacted such large scale initiatives and day-to-day functions.

“There have been many conversations at the board about DT and complications with its efficiency, modernization, project delivery,” Peskin said Thursday. “There has been a high turnover of CIOs there which has created an uncertainty. I think this might be the optimal time to have a performance audit.”

Peskin noted that the department’s budget has increased by $14 million for the current fiscal year for a total of $114 million.

The mayor appointed Marc Touitou to serve as the Department of Technology director in April 2013, replacing Jon Walton, who had served in that position between 2011 and January 2013. Sixteen months later, in July 2014, Touitou resigned the position to serve as the chief information officer for the United Nation’s World Health Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

In December 2014, the mayor appointed Gamiño as the department’s new director. Gamiño, who joined The City’s workforce in July 2013, has a salary of $235,820 annually as director.

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