In a press release sent out this evening, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office announced three new transparency programs. Numbers one and two are BottomLineStat and ReqToCheckStat, two of many already- and soon-to-be-launched "Stats."
(The Stats are part of the city's ongoing PerformanceStat initiative, government-wide accountability and data-sharing programs modeled after Baltimore's CitiStat [PDF] which was in turn modeled after New York City's CompStat program).
Landrieu also officially announced the launch of data.nola.gov, an online database for frequently requested information from different city departments. Data.nola.gov has been online since late last month.
The relevant sections of the press release after the jump.
In order to get the City’s fiscal house in order, Mayor Landrieu asked City departments to cut smart by eliminating unnecessary and duplicative services, to reorganize departments to make them more efficient, and to invest in programs that yield long-term value. BottomLineStat will ensure that departments are held accountable for cutting unnecessary expenses and for staying on budget.
The first BottomLineStat meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, from 1 to 3pm in the Homeland Security Conference Room on the 9th Floor of City Hall.
In order for citizens to receive critical services like rebuilt libraries, repaved roads, and trash pick-up, the City must have an efficient procurement and contracting system so that services are delivered in a timely manner.
“Every day that a contract sits on an employee’s desk is another day before construction can start on a park or a community center,” said Mayor Landrieu. “When we came into office, the cycle of requesting budgeted funds to getting a check cut for a service took about 9 months. Now, because of better management, it takes significantly less time. We still have a long way to go to improve this process, and this initiative will help us get there.”
In order to improve the performance and speed of the City’s contracting system, the City’s Office of Performance and Accountability has designed a performance management program for the entire process of contracting out services—from the requisition of budgeted funds to the issuance of a check for services rendered. The result is ReqtoCheckStat, where key City officials review data to assess how the City is meetings its goals and to hold departments accountable for their results.
The first ReqtoCheckStat meeting will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011, from 2 to 4pm in the Homeland Security Conference Room on the 9th Floor of City Hall.
On August 20, the City’s Department of Information Technology & Innovation soft-launched a new online initiative to promote transparency and provide high-value, frequently-requested data to the public. The new web service is now available at http://data.nola.gov . The first batch of data sets meets the strong demand for basic geographic data — parcels, streets, curb lines, and council district boundaries, as well as data on building permits and post-Katrina damage assessments. Data sets on tap for future release include blighted properties, departmental performance metrics, and locations of libraries, police stations, schools, and city-owned property. New data sets are being added weekly.