One Web App, $35 Billion in City Spending
(WSJ) — Downloading every item of New York City’s spending — there’s an app for that. City Comptroller John Liu released asearchable online database of every disbursement made by New York City in 2010. To date, the database has over $35 billion in city spending.
The project, called “Checkbook NYC,” is an extension of an initiative launched by Liu’s predecessor, William Thompson, to log every city contract in an open database. The next step, slated for completion by the end of the year, will measure each agency’s contracts with minority- and women-owned businesses.