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2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series

Sep 14, 2017

2017 Candidate Q&A

BGR provides New Orleans voters with its 2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series. For the October 14th primary elections, BGR submitted questions to all mayoral and City Council candidates on public safety, infrastructure and other important public policy issues facing the City of New Orleans government. BGR compiled the answers of the candidates who responded and released them in installments for each race. In addition, BGR conducted podcast interviews with LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet, the two mayoral candidates in the November 18th runoff election. Click on the links below to access the videos and the Q&A reports.*

Read the media release.
City Council At Large Division 1
City Council At Large Division 2
City Council District A
City Council District B
City Council District C
City Council District E

*No candidate from District D responded.
Video and production by Dennis Woltering PhotoVideo.

BGR Reviews Contracting Reform, Sheriff’s Tax, Other Propositions

Sep 25, 2014

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: November 4, 2014, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on two proposed amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, one Orleans Parish tax proposition and two constitutional amendments.

BGR Comments on Draft Contracting Ordinance

Jun 10, 2014

In an open letter to the Jefferson Parish Council, BGR comments on a proposed ordinance that would change the parish’s process for awarding nonprofessional service contracts.

BGR Letter Calls for Contracting Changes

Mar 19, 2013

In this letter to the Jefferson Parish Charter Advisory Board, BGR recommends changes to the parish charter in the area of contracting.

Parish Contracting Reform Ordinance Misses the Mark

Feb 26, 2013

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In this release, BGR looks at a proposed ordinance to reform one area of service contracting in Jefferson Parish

BGR Report Calls for Reforms to Contracting in Jefferson

May 10, 2012

JP Contracting

In Private Services in the Public Interest: Reforming Jefferson Parish’s Unusual Approach to Service Contracting, BGR shines light on contracting in the parish and makes recommendations for reforms.

Inside Outsourcing: City Contracting

Nov 8, 2010

Inside Outsourcing

The Bureau of Governmental Research today releases Inside Outsourcing: A Year in the Life of City Contracting. Building from an analysis of hundreds of City contracts in effect during 2009, BGR provides a broad overview of City contracting and discusses key problem areas that require the attention of the current administration and City Council.

Contracting Reform in New Orleans

Mar 17, 2010

Contracting with Confidence

Contracting with Confidence: Professional Services Contracting Reform in New Orleans (March 2010) presents a new model to improve contract administration and restore faith in the contracting process.

Challenge for Mayoral Candidates

Apr 12, 2006

BGR challenged New Orleans mayoral candidates to implement BGR’s model for professional services contracting reform within 90 days of assuming office. To read the model and the accompanying press release, click on the links below.

Challenge for a New Mayor: Professional Services Contracting

Jan 11, 2002

BGR presents its new Professional Services Contracting Model along with a pledge for current mayoral candidates in New Orleans to sign, promising to implement these specific and fundamental reforms.

Public Contracting for Legal Services

Nov 21, 2001

A collaborative effort by Bureau of Governmental Research, Public Affairs Research Council, and The Public Law Center. For additional information on state legal services, please see the PAR website.

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