Government Oversight

People want more accessible, transparent council meetings

By Selena Vazquez

Source: The Press of Atlantic City

People were upset two years ago when the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to stay inside and mostly interact with...

Celebrating Another Sunshine Week During the Pandemic

By Barbie E. Keiser

Source: Information Today

March 22, 2022

Sunshine Week (@SunshineWeek and #SunshineWeek) highlights our need to rebuild trust in public institutions. To accomplish this, we must...

Let’s continue to move toward virtual public meeting and courtroom access

By Greg LaRose

Source: Louisiana Illuminator

March 11, 2022

One of the silver linings of the pandemic has been its effect on public meetings and our legal system....

Our Views: Even in in-person era, public meetings should be more accessible remotely

By Staff Editorial

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

March 11, 2022

During the pandemic, government, like everyone else, embraced the use of video conferencing platforms. Most public bodies are returning...

BGR Urges Government Entities to Continue Online Access

By Biz New Orleans Staff

Source: Biz New Orleans

March 9, 2022

NEW ORLEANS — From the Bureau of Governmental Research: BGR released a report today calling on more government entities...

As Public Meetings Resume in Person, Government Entities Should Continue Online Access

March 9, 2022

The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) released a report today calling on more government entities in Louisiana to livestream and...

BGR Seeks Strong Planning and Accountability for Federal Relief Funds to Address Pandemic’s Impacts

June 22, 2021

The Bureau of Governmental Research today releases Handle with Care: Public Planning and Accountability Must Guide Spending of Federal...

BGR warns about politicizing Office of Inspector General as it weighs Ethics Review Board reforms

By Jessica Williams

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

December 21, 2020

The board that recently ousted New Orleans Inspector General Derry Harper wants to open his old job to a...

BGR opposes shorter wait time for some New Orleans inspector general candidates

By Greg LaRose

Source: WDSU

December 21, 2020

The New Orleans City Council will soon consider easing some of the restrictions for applicants interested in becoming the...

BGR Seeks Improvements to New Orleans IG Selection Process, Oversight

December 21, 2020

Today, the Bureau of Governmental Research releases a new report, entitled Revitalizing New Orleans’ Office of Inspector General Depends...