A consulting firm has made recommendations to the Louisville Metro Council to increase transparency and accountability in discretionary spending.

The council hired Mountjoy Chilton Medley for nearly $10,000 to review its policies and procedures in response to reports of questionable spending earlier this year. The report was presented to the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee Monday night.

The report shows several areas where the council’s practices do not meet its policies. Recommendations ranged from requiring more paperwork to having council members and their staffs undergo regular training. The report further asks that a four-hour training session developed by a council staff member be adopted by the Metro Council and updated on a regular basis as policies change. [click to continue…]

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James, Miller Joust Over Union Contracts And Financial Disclosure (AUDIO)

by admin October 10, 2011

The Louisville Metro Council is set to debate an ordinance Thursday that would exempt union contracts from the city’s financial disclosure law and has divided lawmakers along partisan lines. Last week, the council budget committee passed the legislation that would let Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration avoid submitting a financial impact statement for negotiated agreements between […]

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Council Resolution Seeks Stronger Ethics for Quasi-Government Agencies

by admin April 19, 2011

Seeking increased accountability, Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, has sponsored a resolution that asks quasi-government agencies to comply with the city’s ethics law. The non-binding measure says that agencies where the majority of board members are appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer and have a budget over $100,000 should be more open. It requests those entities […]

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Society of Professional Journalists Criticizes “Campaign of Obfuscation” by Kentucky Agency

by Gabe Bullard March 16, 2011

The Society of Professional Journalists has given the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services the runner-up spot in the annual Black Hole Awards.

The mocking award goes to agencies that lack transparency and are given out during the SPJ’s “Sunshine Week.” The state of Utah took the top prize this year, but the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was close behind.

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Fischer Unveils Transparency Plan

by Gabe Bullard September 28, 2010

Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer Tuesday unveiled his plan for transparency in government. But Republican candidate Hal Heiner’s campaign says Fischer’s plan is unoriginal.

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Metro Government Upgrades Website

by Gabe Bullard July 21, 2010

Louisville Metro Government officials are touting a series of upgrades to the city website. The site now features a box on the front page with the most-accessed information.

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KLC, KACo Transparency Bill Sent To Senate

by Gabe Bullard March 26, 2010

Legislation requiring greater transparency for two key organizations that serve local governments in Kentucky remains alive in the 2010 General Assembly.

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Transparency Bill Clears Kentucky House Committee

by Rick Howlett February 10, 2010

Legislation seeking more transparency by the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities has cleared a House committee. Recent state audits of each agency uncovered lax oversight and questionable spending. Among those applauding the House bill is State Auditor Crit Luallen. “We have good people on these boards who are working hard […]

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City Website Now Features Spending Records

by Gabe Bullard December 2, 2009

Louisville Metro Government has updated its website in accordance with an e-transparency ordinance passed in April.

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Metro Tip Line Opens Thursday

by Gabe Bullard September 30, 2009

An ethics tip line for reporting alleged wrongdoing in Metro Government goes online tomorrow Thursday.

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