Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Controller Ron Galperin unveiled an online portal today detailing payroll, vendor payments and other financial data about the Department of Water and Power.

The “DWP Utility Panel” website includes information on payments made for everything from uniforms to the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm involved in the problem-filled rollout in September 2013 of the utility’s new billing and customer service system, Galperin said.

The website, at https://controllerdata.lacity.org/dwp/, also provides payroll information, including costs tied to regular pay, fringe benefits, overtime and other types of payments made as part of labor agreements.

The data on the website covers a preiod from July 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2014, and will continue to be updated, according to Controller spokesman Lowell Goodman.

The site also includes performance data, such as the number of water main breaks annually — which appeared to have declined in recent years — and call wait times.

Galperin said the DWP Utility Panel is an “easy-to-access site, which for the first time makes the LA Department of Water and Power’s financial data available in one place.”

“The DWP certainly has had its share of inquiries lately, and while the utility panel does not answer every question that is raised about this extraordinary, complex institution it sheds light on its operations, its finances and makes them transparent for all the people of Los Angeles,” Galperin said.

DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards said the department “dedicated hundreds of hours of staff time to provide this data to the public because we are committed to transparency and openness.”

“We appreciate Controller Galperin and Mayor Garcetti’s leadership in OpenData, and are proud to be one of the first major Department’s to partner in making this information available,” she said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti thanked Galperin “for releasing this data to increase transparency at the Department of Water and Power.”

“The DWP is a public utility, and together, Controller Galperin and I are making sure it answers to the people,” he said.

The Utility Panel is a new section of open data portal that Galperin unveiled last year that makes city payroll, spending and other data available to the public in one online location.

—City News Service

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