Financial Transparency in an Age of Excessive Data Availability
Recorded On: 05/21/2020
The availability of data has increased exponentially in recent decades. As the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and natural language generation have emerged, organizing and searching big data has become easier, making this trend likely to continue. This increase in data availability in the private sector has left some government struggling to keep up. Financial information can be complex and nuanced and the rules governing how public money must be managed can be difficult to explain. This session will focus on how local governments can be transparent in an appropriate and responsible way. It will consider how best to provided context to financial data as its shard with various audiences.
Budget Operations Manager, City of Kansas City
Debbie Chiu has nearly a decade of public sector experience since joining the City of Kansas City, Missouri in November 2009. She got her start in local government as a mayoral aide to then mayor, Mayor Mark Funkhouser as the community engagement liaison and town hall coordinator. Debbie joined the Office of Management and Budget in May 2011 as a budget analyst and has since assumed the role of Budget Operations Manager. She currently leads the budget development analysis team and the resident engagement component of the citywide business planning and budgeting process. Debbie also co-led the team that received the 2018 GFOA Award for Excellence on “Engaging Residents in KC’s Citywide Business Plan”.
Debbie received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Fun Fact: Debbie is also currently working on completing a half marathon in each of the fifty states and Washington D.C.; she has completed twenty states as of December 2018.
City Controller, Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin is the taxpayers’ watchdog at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. He is also the elected paymaster, auditor and chief accounting officer for the City of Los Angeles.
Galperin oversees a team that conducts independent audits, manages City payroll and spending, prepares financial reports, pursues fraud and waste, and works to create a more transparent and accountable city for everyone. His reports are improving street maintenance, arts funding, management of special funds, L.A.’s trees, emergency services and many other City functions.