Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ICA retreats to the "deep web"

OK.. enough is enough.  Here we are at this critical juncture where the city of Pittsburgh has to come up with its quinquennial Act 47 plan.  This is what the Act 47 team does every 5 years, and little else during the intervening years. Yet the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) for the City of Pittsburgh is a standing body with actual fiscal oversight over the city of Pittsburgh year in and year out.  So what information does the ICA have on its Public Documents Page as of June 18, 2014... Nothing at all.



You could chalk up as lack of effort, but the ICA does have a lot of documents... documents that the pubic has literally spent $millions to produce. Has anyone added up what all these reports (oh yeah, nobody knows about the reports any longer) cost to produce  Yet all that work over the years has just vanished. In fact, they used to make such documents readily available digitally, but no longer.  So we are moving backwards when it comes to transparency and open-ness.  Moving backwards pretty rapidly actually, at least when it comes to the ICA.





So... for the 5 folks actually interested in such things (Hi, Bram)... here is my proxy ICA web page with as many documents as I could scrounge up. A work in progress of course, but I'll get there.  Feel free to email me if you have any other documents to add. Just ICA documents please. If you think this is all de-minimus, check out the last document I have there: the appropriations request for the current fiscal year.  Is it worth a half million dollars this year to.... (fill in the verb of choice).  If nothing else, I bet if sent over the school district, a half million could hire more than a few teachers this year.



and can someone.. anyone.. please tell the ICA how to fix their screwed up DNS/domain redirect. It's embarrassing (and isn't the 'new' Pittsburgh all about the information tech-nol-o-gee?)   They are paying for web services as well I bet. You gotta wonder how much $$$ they spend on the web page, not we can tell from what is on the web page.

3 Comments:

Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Hi Chris. Do you know which if any of the documents you've loaded explain how to cut 20% from the City budget according to "national experts"?

Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:57:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I suppose I should know the reference embedded in that?

Thursday, June 19, 2014 6:33:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Maybe.

The mayor -- pointing to cuts he has already made to the city budget and other cost savings implemented by his administration, such as an early severance program for city employees -- also questioned assertions that city operating costs can be reduced by 20 percent.

"Given the challenges we both acknowledge with the city's data collection abilities, and the lack of clarity that exists on the state of our current operations, I am unclear as to how this determination could be made," Mr. Peduto wrote.

Mr. Varischetti's response on Thursday said the figure was drawn from the city's 2009 plan, when ICA hired "nationally recognized experts who produced roadmaps for consolidating and reconfiguring the workforce, setting parameters that would allow the city to be competitive in collective bargaining and arbitration matters and to provide the direction as to how to implement best practices that would allow the city to drive down costs."

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/06/09/Pittsburgh-to-weigh-cuts-and-revenue-ideas-for-June-30-recovery-plan-deadline/stories/201406090049#ixzz358EP1Zki

Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:45:00 PM  

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