oversees City agencies that provide social services to New Yorkers, including the Department of Social Services, which includes the Human Resources Administration (HRA), and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Squad 2 also oversees the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which includes the Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ). The Squad ensures that agencies fulfill their mandate to provide assistance to the City’s most vulnerable New Yorkers, by engaging in data-driven analysis to identify public corruption leading to public assistance fraud, and enhancing those investigations through data science, including the theft of food and cash assistance benefits by an HRA employee who stole the identities of over 100 public assistance recipients
; and by examining the agencies’ processes used to deliver services, including analyzing the placement of the City’s homeless families with children in hotels
. The squad also investigates and issues reports on misconduct or operational failings involving employees of the Administration for Children’s Services that in past cases, have led to the deaths of children under ACS' care
and other serious abuse or neglect cases.
Squad 2 Reports