Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced new rules governing economic disclosure statements, aimed at increasing transparency and accountability with City contractors.
“This is yet another step in our ongoing effort to increase transparency in City government," said Mayor Emanuel. “Everyone who provides a public service has to build the public trust.”
As part of the administration’s focus on increasing transparency and accountability, the City of Chicago will take the following steps to strengthen the content of economic disclosure statements:
These reforms will impact delegate agency grantees and people who purchase land or get land write downs. These reforms follow the release of the RFP for the City’s lobbyist database, which was posted earlier this week and follows on the Mayor’s commitment to create an online one-stop for lobbyist registration and reporting.
Chicagoans can find datasets on lobbyist registration, compensation, lobbyist agency reports, categorized expenditures report, major expenditures reports, termination reports and gift reports online at data.cityofchicago.org. On his first day in office, Mayor Emanuel signed six ethics Executive Orders aimed at increasing transparency and accountability across the City. And in July, the City Council passed an ordinance introduced by the Mayor that further increased transparency through increasing lobbying disclosure and strengthened limits on lobbying activities through:
Additionally, in July the City implemented stricter regulations on non-competitive contract applications, known as sole-source applications, to increase transparency. For the first time, pending applications for these the contracts are posted online for public review before the Non-Competitive Review Board’s (NCRB) decision, three weeks ahead of the Board’s decision. The pending applications and winning bids can be found here.
The Department of Procurement Services implemented this fall reverse auctions, which operate like E-bay in reverse, allowing vendors to counter bid each other in an online format that will lead to significant cost savings for the City and a more open, modern contracting process.
More information about the administration’s efforts to increase transparency in government is available here.
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