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How open data helps cities be more accountable

On this week’s episode of the Priorities Podcast, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin talks to StateScoop’s Ryan Johnston about how his office uses data — and open data — to make the city more accountable.

Galperin, who is now running to be California’s state controller, warned city leaders this week to be cautious about the way they’re spending pandemic relief dollars this year. The controller said the programs the relief funding helped “could be in trouble” because of a future budget shortfall after the funding expires. Galperin’s office released a data visualization dashboard alongside the warning for leaders.

In the news this week:

The Justice Department will appoint a chief prosecutor to target fraudulent activity against the U.S. government’s pandemic relief programs.

A report from New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice says 23 states are using voting equipment that’s more than a decade old and no longer manufactured.

City CIOs across the country are taking on new responsibilities and new titles.

Also new this week from Scoop News Group: the Cutting EDge podcast, which explores the trending topics and news across the higher education technology landscape. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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Priorities Podcast

Each Wednesday, StateScoop’s Priorities Podcast explores the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. Listen to in-depth conversations with government and industry’s top executives, and learn about trending stories affecting state and local IT leaders ranging from modernization and digital accessibility to the latest advances in generative artificial intelligence.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.