INVITATION TO TESTIFY from CM Ben Kallos
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 USAspending.gov.
The legislation is available at http://Legistar.Council.NYC.gov/Legislation.aspx
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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