Politico Kallos to introduce Open Budget bill by Miranda Neubauer
Kallos to introduce Open Budget bill Ben Kallos. (William Alatriste for the New York City Council)
Councilman Ben Kallos will introduce legislation today to make budget information accessible in a format that is searchable and accessible to third parties who want to build applications that could make the city's $82 billion in spending more transparent.
In its budget response in April, the Council noted that the Office and Management Budget currently makes all its budget documents available in PDF format, "making analysis of them cumbersome at best and impossible at worst," and that the office should follow the lead of other agencies to make its supporting schedules, department estimates and other documents in an Excel file.