Technology-Enhanced Government

Where does California’s reboot of outdated disclosure systems stand?

There's a big opportunity for tech to increase transparency, boost efficiency and help restore public trust. Read more

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Accountability, Cal-Access, Transparency

Legislature passes budget on time but trailer bills keep things opaque

While the state’s fiscal situation is improving and all parties involved deserve accolades for getting a sound budget passed on time, there is still some lingering procedural darkness. Read more

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Transparency

Progress report on California’s efforts to restore trust in government

While the legislature has taken some positive steps after three senators were indicted, CA Fwd pointedly challenged the lawmakers to do more. Where the effort stands today: Read more

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Cal-Access, California Forward Action Fund, Governance Reform, Transparency

Parting the party lines: How partisan is your legislator?

Modern day politics is built on the idea of partisanship, with legislative candidates creating entire campaigns to tout their strongly liberal or conservative bona fides Read more

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Los Angeles building case to be most open city in America

Over 1500 people RSVPed to see them unwrap one of the most ambitious undertakings of the young Garcetti administration Read more

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Keeping Californians in suspense

One process that the California’s legislators use to approve government bills has a shockingly similar list of attributes to suspense movies: the aptly-named Suspense File. Read more

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Government

California legislative staff should be given whistleblower protection

One key sector of California public servants has been proactively left out of these common sense protections for those who report waste, fraud, abuse, bribery, and other violations of public trust Read more

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform

CA Fwd and others call on Sacramento to modernize California’s disclosure systems

This week a broad coalition consisting of good government groups, newspaper publishers, and lobbyists came together for one goal: fix Cal-Access and put Form 700s online Read more

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Government, Accountability, Cal-Access, Elections, Governance Reform, Transparency

How to find out what your elected officials are being paid

With Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg recently moving to revoke pay and benefits for suspended Legislature members, it was worth asking: Just how much are these guys making anyways? Read more

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

VIDEO: CACEO to create new election cost database

Democracy isn’t free. Elections cost money and California holds a lot of them. How much exactly? Well you can’t put an accurate price tag on elections. Well, not yet, anyway. But that’s about change. Read more

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

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