Operations is convening the Report and Advisory Board Review Commission. This Commission is tasked with reviewing existing reporting and meeting requirements and making recommendations as to how these could be altered or streamlined. The goal of the Commission is to remove those requirements that are no longer relevant to improve government efficiency and reduce the amount of time agencies and offices spend on reports and advisory boards.
The New York City Automated Decision Systems Task Force (ADS Task Force) was established by Local Law 49 of 2018 and is tasked with recommending a process for reviewing government automated decision systems, more commonly known as algorithms. The first of its kind in the country, the Task Force is co-chaired by First Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Services Emily W. Newman and Brittny Saunders, the Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Its members include representatives from various government agencies and offices as well as partners in the nonprofit, research, and higher education communities. Because many City agencies and offices use algorithms to aid their decision-making, and as automated decision systems become more prevalent, the City is examining ways to ensure these systems align with the goal of making New York City a fairer and more equitable place.
The Mayor's Office of Operations tracks all initiatives that are part of the Vision Zero Action Plan, the City's blueprint to end traffic fatalities and injuries on New York City streets. In addition, Operations convenes the Vision Zero Task Force, bringing all agencies involved in Vision Zero to the table to give project updates, exchange ideas, share best practices, consider new policies, and make improvements to existing initiatives. The Vision Zero agencies include representatives from the New York City Police Department, the Department of Transportation, the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Law Department, the Office of Management and Budget, the District Attorneys’ offices, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Business Integrity Commission. Each year, Operations manages the production of the annual Vision Zero progress report.
The Mayor's Office of Operations partners with the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and the First Lady's team on the implementation of ThriveNYC, the City's roadmap to create a mental health system that works for all New Yorkers. Operations provides project and performance management support, tracks ThriveNYC initiatives, and coordinates agencies in the development and implementation of policies. Operations also manages the evaluations of multiple initiatives.
The Mayor's Office of Operations partners with the Department of Small Business Services to oversee the implementation of Small Business First, a comprehensive plan to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses in New York City. Operations helped develop the 30 Small Business First initiatives and continues to track the plan's progress and hold agencies accountable.
The Mayor's Office of Operations collaborates with the Department of Parks and Recreation and other City agencies on the implementation of WildlifeNYC, a campaign to increase public awareness about urban wildlife. After helping to develop the concept, Operations worked with various agencies to create initiatives that support the campaign's mission. Operations also convenes the WildlifeNYC Task Force and developed a metrics dashboard to measure progress and hold agencies accountable.