As part of its initiative to promote transparency and accessibility, Montgomery County, Maryland has developed a visualization tool to let residents monitor the County’s spending data. Called “spendingMontgomery,” the tool visualizes where in county government the money is being spent, what the money is being spent on, who is receiving these funds, and how all this data compares to the previous year. Users can sort by spending type and even locate specific expenditures. The data used was made available by the County’s Open Data Act of 2012, which requires all County departments to curate and publish their datasets online.
Tracking Municipal Government Spending Data
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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