Opening the Books: Three Challenges that Governments Are Solving with Open Financial Data

White Paper

As Ari Hoffnung, former deputy comptroller of the City of New York so aptly says, “Financial transparency is not an IT investment. It’s a strategic investment in democracy.” In this report, we will explore examples of public entities across the country combining new technologies and open financial data to:

  • Engage citizens in the budget process
  • Improve governance and internal efficiencies
  • Streamline public records processes for citizens and the media

Learn how Massachusetts, Los Angeles, and Michigan have gained these benefits by opening their books and transforming financial data into rich, dynamic dashboards. Great results are possible for governments of all sizes — from federal and state agencies to small cities and counties.

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