NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the City announced James Husserl, a Performance Manager in the City of New Orleans Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA) was awarded the Merit Award at the Bureau of Governmental Research 2012 Excellence in Government Research Awards. The Merit Award recognizes outstanding performance by public sector employees.
“As anyone who knows him could attest, James’ work ethic and insistence on excellence is unparalleled,” said Oliver Wise, Director of OPA. “He has remarkable initiative and dedication to City-wide goals of improved performance making him an extraordinary public servant. I am happy to congratulate him on receiving this special award.”
In his role as a Performance Manager, James is responsible for spearheading two of OPA’s programs—ReqtoCheckStat and BottomLineStat. As the first hire on the OPA team in January 2011, James was responsible for working across departments to develop the two programs, and in the case of ReqtoCheckStat, developed the methodology by which data regarding the City’s contracting and payables systems could be tracked.
ReqToCheckStat tracks the entire process of contracting out services—from the requisition of budgeted funds to the issuance of check for services rendered. BottomLineStat tracks the City’s revenue collection and cost containment efforts.
James’ analysis has helped enable improved performance. The time to execute contracts has decreased from an average of 66 days in March 2011 to 41 days in June 2012, a reduction of 38%. In addition, the proportion of capital and grant payments made in 60 days or less improved from 66% to 78% from March 2011 to June 2012; the proportion of general fund payments made in 60 days or less improved from 80% to 87% over that same period. While there still remains much room for improvement, James’ diligent and innovative work has helped the City turn the corner in managing the vital process of handling contractor affairs efficiently.
To learn more, visit the website of the Office of Performance and Accountability, the team created by Mayor Landrieu to implement a performance management system in City Hall: www.nola.gov/opa.
Earlier this week, the City announced Jeff Hebert, Executive Director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Oliver Wise, Director, Office of Performance and Accountability, City of New Orleans earned the 2012 Innovation Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research. The Innovation Award recognizes employees who have used innovative solutions to solve pressing problems.