Campaign: Making Data More Accessible

Full line item detail: Local

Local political institutions including schools, which consume massive proportions of local taxes, often hide their financial details behind large vague budget items. Require any local agency receiving federal money to release full detailed line item expenses at the accounts payable level using an open system such as Google Docs Spreadsheets. If the citizens can see where the money is really going then we can provide better ideas and force true accountability. The local power structures are often too strong for such an idea to grow from the bottom but it would work if required by the federal government.

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Idea No. 810