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Maryland’s Statestat

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The State of Maryland’s StateStat is a performance measurement and management tool, in which the performance of programs is continually monitored. “At bi-weekly meetings, State managers meet with the Governor and his executive staff to report and answer questions on agency performance and priority initiatives.”[8] These meetings are informed by detailed performance data that managers … [Read More...]

Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

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The City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) “serves as the City’s innovation incubator, building partnerships between City agencies and outside institutions and entrepreneurs to pilot projects in Boston that address resident and business needs.” [5] MONUM “focuses on a broad range of areas from increasing civic participation, to improving City streets, … [Read More...]

Punjab, India’s Citizen Feedback Model

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The government of the State of Punjab, India has created a Citizen Feedback Model that “aims to fight petty corruption, improve service delivery, and facilitate citizen engagement by proactively seeking, through SMS and calls, feedback of citizens who receive day-to-day government services.”[1] The program works by first collecting contact information from citizens when they receive … [Read More...]

Portland, Oregon “CivicApps for Greater Portland”

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CivicApps for Greater Portland is “an open source design contest to showcase regional open data and promote collaboration between citizens and government to create applications, or ‘apps’, that address civic issues and benefit the greater Portland community.”[1] The CivicApps website provides data from various government agencies in the Portland area including the City of Portland, … [Read More...]

State of Nebraska “Nebraska Spending” Website

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The State of Nebraska’s budget transparency website– “Nebraska Spending”– was created in July 2007 as part of several accountability reforms initiated by the State Treasurer’s office. The website allows Nebraskans to access state revenue and spending information in a straightforward and comprehensible format. The website includes: Fiscal Year Expenditures, which provides transaction-level detail on the … [Read More...]

Ontario, Canada Ministry of Infrastructure Website

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In 2009, the Ministry of Infrastructure in Ontario, Canada launched a website to allow users “to track the progress of recently announced infrastructure stimulus projects in their community and across the province.”[1] The website’s goal is to provide “greater transparency and accountability to Ontario residents regarding federal-provincial infrastructure stimulus funding by highlighting the provincial contribution … [Read More...]

Icelandic Constitutional Council Use of Social Media

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 In 2011 the Icelandic Constitutional Council used a variety of social media tools to engage citizens in the process of redrafting the national constitution. The Council posted weekly drafts of articles for the new constitution on its website and invited public comment and debate. Videos of each of the Council’s sessions were streamed live on … [Read More...]

Annual Special Review of Inspector General’s Office Exempt Expenditures

A special review of the Office of Inspector General’s Exempt Expenditures was done by Mitchell and Titus to assist the Office of Compliance to determine whether: (a) the OIG’s expense calculations are in accordance with the established procedures and controls regarding those expenditures; and (b) the OIG’s expenditures within each of the confidential line items … [Read More...]

2012 Proposed Budget – Data Analysis Version

Yesterday, the administration released its proposed 2012 budget. As in past years, the proposed budget was presented in pdf format. To help facilitate analysis of the City’s budget, we have converted the pdf into Excel and CSV files.

Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) Recipients thru August 2011

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) is a program which reimburses recipients for eligible improvements to buildings. Since 2000, the SBIF program has funded over $28 million in grants to over 600 applicants. SBIF is funded by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues and administered by SomerCor 504, a non-profit development firm. SBIF … [Read More...]