Announces ReqtoCheckStat, BottomLineStat, and Data.nola.gov
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the addition of new programs which will bolster transparency and accountability at City Hall. The efforts are part of the Administration’s efforts to ensure that government is performance-driven and accountable.
“Making City government work better for our residents has been one of my top priorities as Mayor,” said Mayor Landrieu. “When we came into office, we didn’t even know how many cars we had. Because we are counting things and managing to set goals, services are improving. These new initiatives are about managing to improve results and basic services for our residents.”
Last year, the Administration launched BlightStat, a biweekly performance meeting of various city departments and agencies to analyze progress against the City’s blight eradication goals. To date, there have been 21 BlightStat meetings. The New Orleans Police Department also utilizes this approach in COMSTAT meetings to track crime trends and police department actions.
Two new public performance management meetings are set to launch this week.
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.
LANDRIEU ADMINISTRATION EFFORTS
Overall, Mayor Landrieu has committed to dramatically improving the accountability, transparency, and performance of New Orleans city government. To this end, the Mayor has implemented a robust performance management system in the city, where the analysis of data is used to promote better results and to demonstrate the public’s return on investment for their tax dollars. Mayor Landrieu’s investments in performance management include:
· A Budgeting For Outcomes process whereby all budget allocations are competitively linked to the efficient delivery of high value services, and evaluated using performance metrics so that the public can better understand how their tax dollars are being spent. Tomorrow, Mayor Landrieu will wrap up his series of 7 community meetings, where the Administration gathered input on citizen priorities for the 2012 budget.
· PerformanceStat programs for key cross-departmental initiatives, like blight reduction. In PerformanceStat meetings, senior leadership meets with key department heads and program managers on at least a monthly basis to review data to understand what works, what doesn’t, and what steps need to be taken to improve.
· The development of Business Plans for all departments under Mayoral control. These business plans contain each department’s mission statement, vision of success, goals, initiatives, and organizational charts.
· An Office of Performance and Accountability to serve as the principal office for performance measurement, analysis, and management, a Service and Innovation Team housed in the Department of Information Technology and Innovation to drive process improvement projects and value-capturing opportunities, and enhanced capacity in the Budget Department to implement the Budgeting for Outcomes system. Both the Office of Performance and Accountability and Service and Innovation team are responsible for developing systems to methodically collect data where currently no such systems exist.
· Quarterly ResultsNOLA reports, which represent the first comprehensive report of each city department’s performance indicators and a fulfillment of Mayor Landrieu’s commitment to better, more accountable government.
BottomLineStat, ReqtoCheckStat, BlightStat and the ResultsNOLA reports are programs overseen by the Office of Performance and Accountability
Mayor Landrieu closed, “ReqtoCheckStat and BottomLineStat represent another step forward in a more data-driven, accountable, and transparent city government for New Orleanians. These PerformanceStat programs, along with BlightStat, ComStat, and the quarterly ResultsNOLA reports demonstrate my commitment to managing for results.”
Westley Bayas III is the New Orleans Director with Stand for Children. In this capacity, he ensures effective collaboration with existing city neighborhood and constituency groups, develops and manages the execution of state and city-level strategic electoral and legislative advocacy plans, and organizes parents, teachers, and community-members motivated to help improve New Orleans Schools. He formerly served as the Deputy Director of the Neighborhood Engagement Office with the City of New Orleans, where he was the liaison between the Mayor's Office and neighborhood associations/organizations for citywide efforts including blight reduction, neighborhood revitalization and grassroots communications.
In addition, Westley has worked as an Assistant to Mayor Mitch Landrieu for Constituent Services and Correspondence, Southern Louisiana Regional Field Director for the Democratic National Committee (Organizing for America) and the Director of Community Outreach & Development for local nonprofit The Phoenix of New Orleans. Bayas, a New Orleans native, is involved with several community enrichment organizations including Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans where he is a team liaison.
He holds a B.G.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Louisiana State University & A&M College.
- Louisiana State UniversityB.G.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, 2003 - 2007
- Urban League of Greater New OrleansProject Coordinator, 2014 - 2015
- Stand for ChildrenNew Orleans Director, 2012 - 2014
- City of New Orleans
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