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Pay to play? This multimillion-dollar government contractor refuses to say

Feb 13, 2015

Louisiana Housing might have a strong argument, said Mike Purdy, a public contracting specialist who assisted the Bureau of Governmental Research with its landmark 2012 report on Jefferson Parish procurement practices. The company, he said, “could argue that the Housing Authority selected me based on a certain set of requirements and it did not include the requirement you didn’t pay somebody to help get the job.”

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Contracting, Jefferson Parish

Amid rising costs, New Orleans employee pension fund under pressure to trim benefits

Feb 2, 2015

But the New Orleans plan, compared to other systems, can yield unusually lavish benefits for certain kinds of employees, according to a 2012 analysis by the Bureau of Governmental Research, a local think tank. Under certain circumstances, lifelong employees can earn more in retirement than they did on the job thanks to addition of their Social Security benefit, according to the report.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Orleans Parish, Pensions

A fresh start for New Orleans schools: Editorial

Jan 25, 2015

He broke down each priority in detail, including a promise to attend meetings of charter school boards, meet with the district attorney on pending litigation and figure out how to remedy concerns about the system’s tax accounting system raised in a 2013 Bureau of Governmental Research report.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Schools

Henderson Lewis Jr. chosen Orleans Parish school superintendent

Jan 20, 2015

His plan for his first 180 days on the job gets very specific about New Orleans issues, including teacher evaluations, minority contracts and a 2013 Bureau of Governmental Research report that took issue with the system’s tax accounting.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Schools

James Gill: Traffic Court’s jobs program for slackers

Jan 17, 2015

New Orleans suffers from a glut of judgeships across the board and could abolish 25 of them, saving $14 million a year, without any loss of efficiency, according to the Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Courts, Orleans Parish

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