What did the LRM Department do in FY 2016-2017?

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In FY 2016-17, we accomplished the following:

City Attorney’s Office

  • Continued to deliver cost-savings and greater service, including expanded and more direct access to the legal team for officials and staff.
  • Worked on well over 200 projects for all City departments.
  • Handled more than 30 litigation matters.
  • Worked closely with the Risk Management Division on numerous goals, including:
    • Aggressively pursued subrogation (cost recovery) efforts.
    • City-wide collection and organization of administrative policies, with goal to update, consolidate, digitize and eliminate duplicative/outdated policies.
    • Joint effort with Finance to streamline and improve subrogation (cost recovery) process.
  • Continued to develop transactional and litigation experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and eminent domain issues, in an on-going effort to expand expertise and reduce outside legal counsel expenses.
  • Continued to staff monthly free legal aid clinic for low-income in our community.

Risk Management Division

  • Continued successful transition from Administrative Services/Human Resources to Legal and Risk Management. 
  • Workers’ Compensation Program:
    • Continued to implement controls designed to increase accountability of Workers’ Compensation third party claims administrator and outside legal counsel, including more oversight and efforts towards benchmarking, as well as quarterly litigation reporting of outside counsel efforts.
    • Continue to evaluate/implement ways in which to cost-effectively provide quality medical care to injured employees, in order to facilitate their recovery to pre-injury status and return to work as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Liability Program:
    • New Claims:  Reviewed and processed at least 121 new liability claims (as of April 2017).
    • Closed Claims:  Closed about 133 liability claims (as of April 2017) and expect to close at least 10 more by June of 2017.
    • Subrogation Efforts:  Worked closely with the City Attorney’s Office on joint effort with the Finance Department to streamline and improve subrogation (cost recovery) efforts against third parties liable for City injuries and damages:
      • Increased collections by more than 200% over FY 2014-15.
      • Developed a payment plan program to improve subrogation efforts.
    • Worked closely with the City Attorney’s Office on City-wide collection and organization of administrative policies, with goal to update, consolidate, digitize and eliminate duplicative/outdated policies.
    • Continued to evaluate the City’s self-insurance and commercial insurance programs for effectiveness at protecting City assets and conformance with the practices of California municipalities of similar size and risk factors.