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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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City prepares for transparency appraisal
Next week the city will receive an assessment of its efforts to increase transparency around issues such as homelessness, a tool to increase equity, public meetings, the Open and Smart Advisory Committee and an online project tracking tool. The city’s participation in the Open Government Partnership that includes more than 70 nations and more than 20 local governments spurred the push to improve accountability and transparency. The OGP conducted the independent assessment. There will be two public forums on May 8 to discuss the findings: 2:30 p.m. at Austin History Center and 6 p.m. at the city’s Office of Innovation. The events will also include an outline of the work of the Office of Innovation and a discussion with Open Austin about its work in the OGP process, and will serve as a kickoff for the next round of projects that will seek to increase transparency in other city departments and functions.
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