The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance seeks open, responsive, and accountable governance by promoting community engagement in civic discussions and decisions, increasing access to public data and information, supporting media and communications that inform and equip stakeholders, and seeking beneficial public policy and structural developments.
NOCOG is working to improve the openness and accountability of budgetary processes by increasing the access to timely and accurate information needed for informed decision-making.
NOCOG is working to improve the openness and accountability of budgetary processes by increasing the accessibility of timely and accurate information needed for informed decision-making. NOCOG’s focus serves a three-fold purpose:
- 1)Provide constituents with plain-language explanations of the process and priorities set by public officials
- 2)Identify shortcomings in the openness and accountability of spending
- 3)Help community members identify opportunities to become engaged in decision-making as the recovery moves into a new era of productivity
The Satellite Government Database is a comprehensive website that helps users navigate the complex network of New Orleans’ 150-plus boards, commissions and public entities.
Satellite governments are by definition a diverse array of boards, commissions, public trusts, public benefit corporations, security and development districts, and other entities. We distinguish between satellite entities and core City agencies and departments which are not included in this database. We have also not included entities that are essentially subcontractors for the City.
For an entity to be considered a satellite, it must satisfy one or more of the following characteristics:
(1) They were created by local or state law.
(2) They expend significant public funds, acquired either through revenue-raising powers of their own or via appropriations or grants received from or on behalf of city government.
(3) They depend on government agents or appointees for some members of their boards or administrations.
(4) They are regulated by public rules for their operations, staffing, budgeting, or oversight.
The Satellite Government Database is another NOCOG-sponsored project designed to bring sunshine, transparency and accountability to local governance.