Invite from CM Kallos to testify on "Open Budget Act"

(Noel Hidalgo) #1


You are cordially invited to a public hearing of the New York City Council Committee on Finance on Introduction 1176 of 2016 the “Open Budget Act” to create an online city budget available in non-proprietary human and computer readable formats on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:00AM in the City Hall Council Chambers.


New York City’s $85 billion budget currently available in print or lengthy PDFs would be more transparent and searchable by requiring that it be available in open non-proprietary human and computer readable formats, and available for third parties through APIs to “build an app for that.”

The legislation would align New York City data standards for its budget with the Federal standards in the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) that lead to the adoption of eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) so that any software built for the Federal budget could easily be used with the city’s budget like

The legislation is available at


Public hearings range in length from an average of one or two hours to four hours or more. The Administration, experts and members of the public are invited to present testimony split in to panels of three in favor or against. Experts and members of the public reading testimony are often limited to two minutes though written testimony can be of any length. Twenty (20) copies of written testimony should be brought for members of the committee, the press, public and the record. Testimony may also be submitted for the official record within 24 hours of the hearing. Experts and members of the public are often asked questions following the panel’s testimony.


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(David Moore - PPF) #2

Excellent. Public comments are available at bottom of page for Intro 1176 of 2016 on NYC Councilmatic. We’ll be sure to deliver them to legislative & communications staff in CM Kallos’ office, of course they’re among our leading supporters in the Council and most-responsive to digital feedback.

Last year several leading NYC elected officials announced finally placing the budget on the city open data portal, for download & search - here it is on portal, downloadable as csv - but of course it’s still very long and obscure (though some line items are pretty comprehensible, just not in full big picture).

So it seems this legislation adds to the accompanying documentation that will be machine readable - like meta-data - and adds to the ability for analysts to get at the granular details and also the big picture. API’s would be huge for dissemination. And compliance with federal data standards would also be huge. More helpful forward-thinking from the five current sponsors of this legislation.