NFOIC Post: Atlanta launches new culture of transparency

By Daniel Bevarly, NFOIC executive director, dbevarly@nfoic.org Anyone interested in transparency in state and local governments must be following the developments in the City of Atlanta. The former administration of Mayor Kasim Reed was investigated for corruption leading to a guilty plea last month by a former cabinet member. Mayor’ Reed’s administration includes another dishonor: his…

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City of Atlanta agrees to settle records case with AJC and Channel 2

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have agreed to drop their claims against the city of Atlanta for what the media organizations described as “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act, according to an agreement reached this week. Under the agreement, the city will work with the news outlets over the next…

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Atlanta’s Open Checkbook: a tool for transparency

Following a federal bribery probe investigating former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration’s muddy financial dealings, the City of Atlanta announced a new transparency tool called Atlanta’s Open Checkbook. The Open Checkbook shows the City of Atlanta’s expenditure of more than $2 billion between 2017 and 2018. “Rather than waiting for the public to ask or waiting for…

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms’ Transparency Officer Legislation Moves Forward

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ promise to create a new Transparency Officer is a step closer to going before the Atlanta City Council for a vote. Legislation that represented a collaboration between the Mayor, the City Council and local media outlets was approved unanimously by the Finance/Executive Committee. “There is no city in the state of…

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Atlanta Meets Self-Imposed Transparency Portal Deadline

Working to deliver on one of five goals set earlier this year with the debut of the new Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Atlanta officials gathered to mark the debut of a portal aimed at tracking city funds Sept. 4. The initiative known as Open Checkbook was announced on April 10, less than a month after the…

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‘It does not feel like transparency’: Atlanta dumps 1.47 million pages of public records

The City of Atlanta decided to release 1.47 million pages of documents to the press and public—on paper. Mayor Kasim Reed announced the release in a February 9 press conference, after weeks of dithering over open records requests by local media regarding a federal investigation into more than $1 million in bribes for city contracts.

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Atlanta police department unveils open data crime portal

As a part of the Atlanta Police Department’s commitment to President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Police Initiatives, the new open crime data portal has been launched.

This searchable database will provide access to the most commonly requested Part 1 crime statistics, according to officials. As new datasets become available, they will be added to the portal. Continue…
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New city websites facilitate transparency

The city of Atlanta has announced the creation of three new websites that will give residents access to financial and departmental data.

The three websites, Data Atlanta portal, Atlanta Budget Explorer and FORAtlanta, are an effort to maintain transparency, officials said. Continue…

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