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Mayor Walsh announces 2016 Spark Impact award winners

BOSTON – Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and SPARK Boston announced the five 2016 SPARK Impact Award winners at an award ceremony on Thursday, December 1 at MassChallenge. “Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards, and thank you to all who submitted nominations,” said Mayor Walsh. “The young men and women we honor are true changemakers, sharing their talent and innovation with Boston. I look forward to the many accomplishments they will continue to bring to our City.” Mayor Walsh put out an open call for nominations for the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards … Continue reading

Audit finds Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association falling short of transparency requirements

BOSTON, MA — An audit of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association (MSA), released today by Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, found that the Association was not meeting statutorily required transparency and reporting requirements. The audit found that MSA did not post to its website required monthly reports on inmate population data, nor share recidivism data with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) as required. “Our audit found that while the MSA was set up to help facilitate communication between Sheriffs’ departments, the Association did not have the tools or the policies and procedures in place to do so,” Bump … Continue reading

Civil rights organizations applaud timely release by Census Director identifying jurisdictions that must provide language assistance under Section 203 of Voting Rights Act

On December 5, 2016, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau issued a notice of determination identifying the jurisdictions subject to the language assistance provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which are available at 81 Federal Register 87532. Continue reading