Nick Sinai

Government Spending Transparency Seminar

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March 5, 2015, 9:00 am

This session is part of the 10-week seminar series, Data, Technology and Innovation in Government, led by Nick Sinai. Seminars are for students only (graduate and undergraduate) and are not-for-credit.

Guest: Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Transparency Coalition.

Description: Spending transparency has the potential to reduce corruption, improve government efficiency, and improve trust in government. The 2009 Recovery Act was notable for its transparency efforts, and helped inform ongoing fiscal transparency efforts, including USAspending.gov. What are the implications of the recently passed DATA Act to standardize fiscal spending data? What are the incentives and disincentives for political leaders and civil servants to improve transparency of government spending? How are public accountability non-governmental organizations and journalists using the data, and how can they be a constructive force for advancing transparency? How can open, collaborative design and development ensure more effective transparency websites (e.g. Interior’s new extractives transparency effort)?

Time: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Location: Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman Building Room 102, Women and Public Policy Program Cason Conference Room

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