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Office of the Chief Administrative Officer

Bringing innovation to key enabling functions of City government.

Office of the Chief Administrative Officer

What we do

The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) works to modernize city government and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. The CAO oversees ten City departments and offices, innovating and strengthening their administrative functions and supporting their resident-facing operations to evaluate, plan, and continually improve their service delivery.

The eight City departments and offices that report to the CAO include: The Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT), Records, Procurement, Contracts Legislation Unit (CLU), the Office of Administrative Review (OAR), the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA), the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation (ODDT), and Human Resources and Talent (HR&T).

Philadelphia Voters Approve ‘Best Value’ Procurement

On May 16, 2017, Philadelphia voters approved a ballot measure allowing “for the award of certain contracts based on best value to the City.” In other words, the City may now consider more than price when awarding contracts—opening new opportunities for the City and qualified vendors.

If you’d like to learn more, the Records Department houses regulations governing the best value method. Details on the new process are also available in our companion guidelines.


Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Room 630
Philadelphia, PA 19107