Government transparency



The Post-Gazette is monitoring transparency in local and state governments. Many public officials, including Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, have pledged to make information about their administrations readily available to the public.

How are city, county and state governments doing? This page offers some stories to help track the answer.


July 18: The state Department of Public Welfare expressed regret for the deteriorated state of the former Dixmont State Hospital cemetery in Kilbuck and vowed to make sure it is not neglecting any other institutional burial grounds the state still owns.

July 17: Neither the state Department of Public Welfare, which operated Woodville and Dixmont hospitals, nor the state Department of General Services, which oversees state properties, responded to questions about dilapidated cemeteries at the former facilities.

 

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Isolated in the woods of the former Dixmont State Hospital property in Kilbuck are the crumbling concrete markers of more than 1,300 graves of patients who died from 1863 through 1937.

 

June 30: A Pittsburgh police officer is selected as liaison to public safety director, but some officers say they were not aware the city was looking to fill the position.

June 23: Mayor Bill Peduto is seeking ways of forcing event promoters to pick up a larger share of the cost of city services required for special events, such as concerts. But no details about implementation were provided at a June 23 news conference. 

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Workers clean up trash from the Carnegie Science Center parking lot on the North Shore the morning after the June 21 Luke Bryan concert.

June 16: The mayor's office says it took an officer off the streets following the controversial arrest of a woman at PrideFest. But Mayor Bill Peduto didn't refer to the officer by name.

May 27: Allegheny County hired a firm to curb employee sick-leave abuse. At the center of the controversy was the county's administration of the federal law that allows employees to take up to 12 weeks off for family and medical reasons without losing their job.

May 8: Five guards at Allegheny County Jail (below) were shelved, as a gun policy breach was being investigated. A county spokeswoman would not say whether the suspensions were related to the gun investigation.  

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The Allegheny County Jail.

May 6: Are Pittsburgh City Council members using some of the city's discretionary funds for self-promotion? The city's controller said that is the case with some.

April 3: An Allegheny County 911 dispatcher remained silent for about 40 seconds while on the line with a woman accused of fatally drowning two of her children. County officials refused to identify the call-taker or release any information about their protocols.

March 28: Mayor Bill Peduto said a missing clock was found in city hall, but the mayor doesn't say who tipped officials to its location, when or where they found it.

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A photo of the Seth Thomas clock that was reported missing from the mayor's office and was later found in the City-County Building.

March 10: A former Pittsburgh police spokeswoman kept her city-issued take-home car (seen below) for a week past her last day of work. But city officials were unable to explain why.

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A city-issued vehicle was parked on March 6 at the Crafton Heights home of former Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard.
 
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