Equal Access Audit

Overview

Stemming from a first-of-its kind audit taken on by any city in America, the City of Saint Paul took steps to improve and ensure equal access to city-managed contracts, especially for firms owned by those from traditionally underrepresented communities. Among the steps was the creation of a new city department, the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Development (HREEO) that consolidated existing resources to better serve, monitor, and enforce city polices designed to expand economic opportunities and produce a more economically inclusive Saint Paul. The creation HREEO brought together civil rights enforcement, contract analysis and procurement, contract monitoring, investigation, and enforcement, and capacity building and workforce development under one roof. The HREEO Commission also provides a department review, which is provided to the mayor. 

Audit Report and Documents