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Maryland’s Statestat

The State of Maryland’s StateStat is a performance measurement and management tool, in which the performance of programs is continually monitored. “At bi-weekly meetings, State managers meet with the Governor and his executive staff to report and answer questions on agency performance and priority initiatives.”[8] These meetings are informed by detailed performance data that managers … [Read More…]

Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

The City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) “serves as the City’s innovation incubator, building partnerships between City agencies and outside institutions and entrepreneurs to pilot projects in Boston that address resident and business needs.” [5] MONUM “focuses on a broad range of areas from increasing civic participation, to improving City streets, … [Read More…]

Punjab, India’s Citizen Feedback Model

The government of the State of Punjab, India has created a Citizen Feedback Model that “aims to fight petty corruption, improve service delivery, and facilitate citizen engagement by proactively seeking, through SMS and calls, feedback of citizens who receive day-to-day government services.”[1] The program works by first collecting contact information from citizens when they receive … [Read More…]

OIG Releases Third Quarter 2012 Report

OIG transmitted its third quarter report for 2012 to the City Council and City officials. The report provides a summary of OIG activity from July 1 through September 30, 2012. “Investigative data alone isn’t sufficient to provide a real understanding of how OIG works,” said Inspector General Joe Ferguson. “This report, comprised of investigative case … [Read More…]

Owner of Defunct Azteca Supply Co. and Her Husband Sentenced to Federal Prison in Connection With Minority Contract Fraud

The owner of a defunct Chicago company once certified as a minority- and woman-owned business and her husband were sentenced to federal prison terms today in connection with public contract fraud involving projects at O’Hare International Airport and in the Village of Orland Park. Aurora Venegas, the owner of Azteca Supply Co., who pleaded guilty … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 2nd Quarter 2012 Report

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its second quarter report for 2012 to the City Council and City officials. Available for download on the right of your screen, the report provides a summary of OIG activity from April 1 through June 30, 2012. Seven of the 14 investigations summarized in … [Read More…]

Mistakes in Booter Scheduling Waste Approximately $320,000 Over Two Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534  Jonathan Davey Mistakes in Booter Scheduling Waste Approximately $320,000 Over Two Years   The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on the Chicago Department of Finance’s (DOF) “vehicle immobilization program,” better known as the “boot program.” The investigation revealed that, as … [Read More…]

Lapses in Aviation Contracting Process Leads to at Least $55,000 in Cost Overruns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534 Jonathan Davey Lapses in Aviation Contracting Process Leads to at Least $55,000 in Cost Overruns The OIG released a report on the Chicago Department of Aviation’s (CDA) contracting process, as well as the CDA’s response to the OIG’s findings. Following an investigation, the OIG identified lapses … [Read More…]

Portland, Oregon “CivicApps for Greater Portland”

CivicApps for Greater Portland is “an open source design contest to showcase regional open data and promote collaboration between citizens and government to create applications, or ‘apps’, that address civic issues and benefit the greater Portland community.”[1] The CivicApps website provides data from various government agencies in the Portland area including the City of Portland, … [Read More…]

State of Nebraska “Nebraska Spending” Website

The State of Nebraska’s budget transparency website– “Nebraska Spending”– was created in July 2007 as part of several accountability reforms initiated by the State Treasurer’s office. The website allows Nebraskans to access state revenue and spending information in a straightforward and comprehensible format. The website includes: Fiscal Year Expenditures, which provides transaction-level detail on the … [Read More…]