The Public Law Center (TPLC), the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), and the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) prepared the study of contracting for outside legal services by state and local government entities at the request of the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation. The objectives were to survey the laws and regulations governing such contracting and to review the actual contracting practices of selected state and local entities. For additional information on state legal services, please see the PAR website.
This report is the latest installment in BGR’s Candidate Q&A Election Series. The new report consolidates and reissues the responses of the newly elected City of New Orleans mayor and councilmembers who completed BGR’s surveys last fall on important issues facing City government.
For the October 14, 2017 primary elections in New Orleans, BGR provided voters with its 2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series. 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 analyzes two tax propositions meant to sustain west bank flood protection systems and three proposed St. Tammany charter amendments before voters on November 21, 2015. The tax propositions include a new tax for the West Jefferson Levee District and a tax renewal for the Algiers Levee District.
BGR examines two proposed amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, one Orleans Parish tax proposition and two constitutional amendments on the ballot for November 4, 2014. One City charter amendment would incorporate certain professional services contracting reforms made in 2010.
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.
In this release, BGR points out that the disarray enveloping the Jefferson Parish hospital lease process stems from contracting problems BGR has previously identified.
In this letter to the Jefferson Parish Charter Advisory Board, BGR recommends changes to the parish charter in the area of contracting.
In this release, BGR looks at a proposed ordinance to reform one area of service contracting in Jefferson Parish.
BGR analyzes service contracting in Jefferson Parish and makes recommendations for reforms.
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 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.
With the primary on the way, BGR submitted questions to all mayoral candidates on topics in four areas: the city’s budget, city services, infrastructure and blight. Four candidates – Rob Couhig, John Georges, Mitch Landrieu and James Perry – responded.
As part of BGR Reports, a web-based series of reports BGR began publishing following the 2005 disaster, BGR comments on a $3 million contract for post-Katrina recovery planning awarded without inviting competition. BGR also provides links below to documents referenced in the report:
BGR challenged New Orleans mayoral candidates to implement BGR’s model for professional services contracting reform within 90 days of assuming office.
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.
The Public Law Center (TPLC), the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), and the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) prepared the study of contracting for outside legal services by state and local government entities at the request of the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation.
This report analyzes professional services contracting practices by five area school boards.