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An open data maturity scale for cities to find right-sized solutions

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Local governments are often ambitious when it comes to innovating around open data and civic technology -- they envision highly developed tools and open data products that will change the way communities solve problems. But sometimes open data projects fall flat because of any number of challenges: data isn’t usable, data is hard for users to find, data is presented at the wrong skill level, data is shared through the wrong forum or platform. 

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Today in OpenGov: Anonymous tips

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In today's edition, the healthcare industry launches an ad blitz against Medicare for All, the US Ambassador to Germany calls out journalists for blocking him on Twitter, flights out of Hong Kong are canceled amid ongoing protests, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Controversy

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In today's edition, Interior got some help on its controversial FOIA policy, New Hampshire's governor vetoed a nonpartisan redistricting bill, President Trump's fundraising stirs up controversy, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Restricted access

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In today's edition, analyzing donors to the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, supporting sound financial stewardship in cities with transparency, restricting press access in El Paso and Dayton, targeting Hong Kong's airport with a sit in, and more. 

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Balancing the books – how transparency can support good financial stewardship in cities big & small

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Cities are responsible for the allocation of public funds to improve infrastructure, provide key services to residents, and attract businesses and tourists. To do so effectively, governments must practice good financial stewardship of these funds to the benefit of residents. But in small cities, seemingly small oversights in the distribution of funds can have far-reaching consequences for constituents. With rising suburban poverty and increasingly sparse federal funds for rural communities, cities depend on fiscal transparency and accountability to invest in residents’ quality of life. 

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Today in OpenGov: Suit up.

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In today's edition, Massachusetts flunks its transparency exam, retiring Representatives portend expensive 2020 races, you can help federal agencies improve their FOIA processes, and more. 

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