The D.C. Department of Human Resources has a backlog of between 22,000 and 24,000 paternity and child support cases that it has yet to act on.
More than half the underground receptacles in Washington that collect storm water runoff are clogged with debris.
More than 60 percent of the senior citizens in the District who are eligible for food stamps are not receiving them.
The city government has failed to seek payment on $8 million in overdue water bills.
These glum snapshots of the Distric of Columbia government were among hundreds of findings presented to Mayor-elect Marion Barry yesterday by 15 task forces he set up to get policy recommendations and to determine the state of the city government he will take over on Jan. 2.
In general, the findings portray an inefficient city bureaucracy with inadequately trained workers and ineffective supervisors. Available resources go unused. Millions of dollars in federal grants are not sought. City services are poor.
"The government is structured not to work. Management and structural problems run throughout. It's clear that the vast majority of the citizens of the District are not being served very well," Barry siad after reading the first of the reports.
In addition to the problems of the bureaucracy, the task forces told Barry there are other critical issues involving city residents he will have to address.
A housing task force, for example, reported that displacement of poor and moderate-income residents in the inner city has become a major problem.
That task force said some 150,000 inner city residents-60,000 families-seem likely to be displaced from their homes in coming years
Because of housing renovation and rising costs in their areas.
Those families already pay more than 35 percent of their income on housing and are "barely hanging on," the task force reported.
The report also cited figures disclosed earlier by the city's Legislative Commission on Housing showing a continuing shrinkage in the pool of low-income rental housing available in the city.
"While there may be some disagreement about the rate of rental loss, there is no question that within a very short time...the city will, in effect, become the landlord of last resort for much of the city's lower income people," it said. Most of those people will have to live in public housing.
The day-long session of reports from the task forces, whose membership includeda total of about 1,500 people, capped the first phase of an effort by Barry to assess the state of city government and receive input from citizen think tanks on what solutions could be tried.
The mayor-elect refused yesterday to indicate how he might act on the recommendations, some of which are bound to be in conflict with the sentimentof some of the city's key political interest groups.
The reports, some of which consisted of more than 100 pages each, will be analyzed by a 15-person transition steering committee established by Barry to help formulate policy for the new administration.
One steering committee member cautioned privately that some of the materials was "raw data" and requires more refinement by the task force to determine its currency and accuracy.
The findings of a backlog in child support cases was part of a report on courts, public safety and criminal justice programs.
That report also found that 150 city police officers are still on leave awaiting veritification on injuries claimed in the line of duty.
It also found that 80 percent of the city's firemen live outside the District as do more than 80 percent of the highest ranking officials in the police department-assistant chiefs, deputy chiefs and inspectors.
Throughout his campaign, Barry stressed the need for all employes in live in the District. The task force recommended that the mayor-elect use a current provision of the D.C. Code that permits a reduction to the rank of captain for these people "to motivate" them to become city residents.
The task force recommended that Barry find a procedure for better enforcement of the District's fire code in city-owned buildings. At the pressent time, the report says, the city's corporation counsel discourages one city government agency from taking legal action against another.
One result of that policy is that the fire department is dissuaded from acting against the city's school system when school buildings are found to be in violation of the code.
The task force also recommended an increase in wages for inmates at Lorton Reformatory, some 491 of whom now make 10 cents a day. The task force found that the District's parole board has not increased in size, even though its caseload has tripled inthe past 10 years. In addition, many of the parole board's policies are "based on the collective memories of its staff and board members."
In the area of health and welfare, the task force concluded that the city's Department of Human Resources would "in all probability not be prepared" to implement new federal food stamps guidelines that become effective in less than two weeks.
It also found that operations in DHR, the city's largest agency, is one of management by crisis...Thus, plannign activities within DHR have been reactive and defensive; the department does not engage in the process of assessing needs and allocating resources."
During his campaign, Barry maintained that he probably would remove from DHR its responsibility for providing health care services. But the task force recommended further study yesterday.
The task force also recommended further study before deciding how the city could best benefit from a long-dicussed transfer to its jurisdiction of St. Elizabeths Hospital.
Responsibility for running the facility could improve the city's health care program, the task force found. "But," it added "SEH is a large institution with 4,000 employes and an annual budget of $85 million."
Other reports recommended consolidation of the city's various computer systems, management training programs for city employes, a freeze on hiring employes at levels of GS9 and above and an "upward mobility" training program for current city employes.
A task force on education recmmended that Barry establish an office of education to coordinate all programs under his jurisdiction that supplement the city's independently run school system.