The global firm Black and Veatch has audited the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board for at least the past dozen years.
In both the 2014 and 2015 report on S&WB Operations, the auditor notes in nearly identical wording:
“…To compensate for the limited workforce, more work is being contracted out to subcontractors that was usually done in‐house prior to Hurricane Katrina….”
Surprisingly, on page 22 of the most recent report (2015), the auditor notes that “Many of these contractors are not local.”
This is nonsensical when, as reported by The Advocate, residency requirements is cited by Mayor Mitch Landrieu as part of the reason there are 60 vacancies at the S&WB.