Category: Transparency reform

Read Cleveland Police Department – U.S. Department of Justice Consent Decree

First reports indicate that the collection and analysis of crime and police force data are a part of the consent decree announced today between the City of Cleveland’s police department and the United States Department of Justice. With the civic hackathon Fix 216 at the end of this week focused on related data and a national day of civic hacking…

[audio] Data Transparency Coalition on Darrell Issa’s MADOFF Transparency Act

As noted yesterday, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the Making All Data Open for Financial* Transparency Act, or the MADOFF Transparency Act. Although not too much has been written yet about H.R.2477, Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of one of the Act’s main supporters, the Data Transparency Coalition, gave a nice, tight interview about it. You can listen in full…

Issa’s new MADOFF Transparency Act for financial reporting would affect municipalities 

It can’t have been easy to come up with an acronym for the bill U.S. Representative Darrell Issa is introducing today in Congress that would create “…a broad mandate for open data throughout U.S. financial regulatory reporting.” But someone got clever and did and poof, we have the Making All Data Open for Financial* Transparency Act, or MADOFF Transparency Act. According…

Op-ed: More local government transparency needed for Ohio campaign finance data

The following oped appeared in the print version of The Plain Dealer on Sunday, April 26, 2015 (yeah, Sunday circulation!), and online here at cleveland.com. Please share your thoughts about it there or below, and thanks to the editorial page editors for selecting this important content. At a public meeting in Oakland, California, early in 2014, an analyst with the city’s…

Transparency reform bills introduced in Congress on anniversary of Citizens United

The often-cited quote about the pursuit of open government and open data by United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis is that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” This mantra to many is included in the 1913 Harper’s Weekly article, entitled “What Publicity Can Do.” His words are possibly even more relevant now, as we observe the…