Open data

New FPPC tool makes it easier to explore state official payments data

State political watchdog agency launches search site for finding payments requested by state officials Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

California Legislative Wrap-up: Moving transparency and accountability forward

CA Fwd lays out how the cause of encouraging elected officials to be more responsive and accountable took steps forward this year Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Campaign cash: A journey through the Cal-Access labyrinth

Update on the quest to upgrade California's obsolete campaign finance disclosure technology Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Transparency, Cal-Access, Transparency

California seeking Chief Data Officer

Candidate will face challenge of boosting access and quality of government data, while dealing with how to share with a public skeptical of government.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Legislative wrap-up: Bills signed by Governor Brown boost transparency and accountability

New California laws include victories in open data, election reform and campaign finance Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Elections

New search tool gives boost to California campaign finance transparency

California Secretary of State launches streamlined way of searching campaign contributions toward state-level candidates and ballot measures.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Cal-Access, Elections, Transparency

California auditor issues report on “improper activities” revealed by whistleblowers

State auditor details investigations into failure to seek competitive bids, failure to increase rental rates, waste of state funds, an improper gift of public funds, and neglect of supervisory duties. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, State Budget, Transparency

How three California open data bills advance the cause of public data

Status update on moving the state closer to a strong statewide open data strategy, including three bills under consideration in Legislature Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Open Data bill is an important update to the California Public Records Act

Proposed law essentially redefines public records from individual documents to the information or data they contain. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Accountability, Transparency

SoCal Latino leaders gather to help schools and cities embrace technology

Elected leaders and school officials came together to discuss cities and districts being left behind by the pace of new technology and how to adapt smartly to boost civic engagement, education outcomes and local economies.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

A Sustainable Los Angeles? That’s the Plan!

City's first Sustainability Officer explains what the "triple bottom line" means when it comes to measuring the plan to improve the quality life of residents.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Working Access Group, Accountability, Transparency

California bill would require open data to be easily retrievable and searchable

Law would mean agencies could not forward hard-to-analyze and unsearchable PDF's or spreadsheet printouts of public records when the data has been defined as "open."  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

New digital transparency tool cracks open lawmaking for Californians

Free, online platform gives Californians "Google-like" search tool to view government hearings  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

Transparency gets win as funds OK’d to digitize financial disclosure by public officials

Legislatures approved funds to bring California's paper-based system for public officials to declare economic interests into the digital age. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Cal-Access, Transparency

Open data bill would require cities to create data inventories

Local governments would need to catalog their data management systems and make the information publicly available under bill by State Senator Bob Hertzberg. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Accountability, Bob Hertzberg, Transparency

New MBA program masters the link between government & technology

Students go through curriculum combining design, innovation, leadership and technology to ultimately help government work more efficiently. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

City of Bell scores top grades for open data access one year after trials conclude

A year after former public officials were sentenced in financial scandal, the city now boasts one of the more open municipal websites in the state. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency

Head of California’s watchdog agency on right track to modernization

CA Fwd's mission of improving government transparency with technology lines up with push by FPPC's Jodi Remke to modernize the state's disclosure system. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Cal-Access

Jodi Remke: Technology and Transparency go hand in hand

Head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission talks about the need for state to modernize campaign finance disclosure. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency

CA Fwd data summit pushes forward cause of California open data policy

Attendees brainstormed on how to put value on wealth of data and Assembly member intro'd new open data legislation Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency