ACCOUNTABLITY IN ACTION: Accountability Panel Reviews Progress of Lt. Gov. Landrieu's Rebirth Plan -- 08/22/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2007
ACCOUNTABLITY IN ACTION: Accountability Panel Reviews Progress of Lt. Gov. Landrieu's Rebirth Plan
Thursday, August 23, 1:15 p.m. Press Conference at Old U.S. Mint
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Louisiana's government can set the standard for high performance, accountability and ethical behavior, according to Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. It is simply a matter of making accountability a top priority and putting a strategy in place to make it happen. As evidence, this Thursday, August 23, 2007, Lt. Governor Landrieu and Secretary Angèle Davis will host their third "Accountability Panel" meeting, where national experts conduct third party performance reviews of the office's work.
In developing the Louisiana Rebirth Plan - a strategic plan that guides tourism and cultural recovery efforts post Katrina and Rita - the Office of Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism recognized that a commitment of considerable state, federal, and private resources would need to be dedicated to the recovery of the state's tourism industry. With that in mind, Lieutenant Governor Landrieu and Secretary Angèle Davis spearheaded the creation of a third-party performance and financial audit function to design and implement a system to safeguard the proper use of funds.
In February 2006, the Louisiana Rebirth Accountability Panel was established by Executive Order (No. KBB 2006-8) and was charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the highest standards of accountability and ethical behavior would be maintained in utilizing the Department's funds.