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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Massachusetts.Gov
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
This report serves as a guide for town administrators, providing fundamental information, checklists, and best practices for navigating Information Technology (IT). It emphasizes the importance of understanding IT resources, costs, and maintenance, extending beyond hardware and software...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level School District
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Education, Data & Technology
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts have introduced student activity monitoring software and other digital tools aimed at facilitating remote classroom management and driving student engagement. Though helpful, these tools can also be intrusive. This report examines...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Democracy depends on the public’s right to know what its government is doing so it can hold officials accountable. California voters recognized the fundamental importance of public access to documents by enshrining the right of access in the state constitution. But the right of access...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Education
The rapid growth in the number of charter schools amounts to the privatization of public education. These schools receive public education money and because of this are often referred to as “public schools,” but this is a mischaracterization. Charter schools are privately operated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level National
State(s) All States
Source National Science and Technology Council
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report highlights SBST's progress implementing the President's directive over the past year in eight key policy areas: promoting retirement security, advancing economic opportunity, improving college access and affordability, responding...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Campaign Zero
Policy Areas Public Safety, Data & Technology
Body cameras are rapidly becoming the norm in communities across the country. Campaign Zero reviewed available police department body camera policies from the largest 30 cities in America to determine whether this new technology is being implemented in ways that ensure accountability...

Type Ordinance
Year 1997
Level County
State(s) Minnesota
Source Ramsey County Board of Commissioners
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance requires committees and candidates to file a campaign finance report within 14 days of having donations or reimbursements in excess of $750. The campaign or committee must continue to file reports before January 31st, and for candidates who will appear on the ballot...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
Government contractors are incentivized to cut corners to show that they are a “cheaper” alternative to non-contracted works, often resulting in deception and lack of transparency that harms workers, the public, and the environment, while leading to cost overruns. Public officials...

Type Ordinance
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
Source City of Washington, D.C.
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance limits campaign contributions from non-resident donors to an aggregate dollar amount and requires campaigns to maintain identification records for non-resident donors. ...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Long Beach
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Community Development
This resolution delineates requirements for Long Beach government efforts to increase language accessibility. According to this ordinance, all public contact positions shall have access to a directory of qualified bilingual staff; departments shall share employee translation and interpretation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Upon the creation of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act, Congress granted the EPA primary responsibility for meeting anti-pollution goals, but allowed the EPA to delegate enforcement authority to state agencies. However, some state enforcement...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Tennessee
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas -
The City of Memphis has deliberately avoided its municipal pension obligations at the same time it has granted a series of costly property tax abatements, such as payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), to large corporations and sports franchises. For every year between 2009 and 2012,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice
This ordinance requires planned superstores to complete an economic impact analysis before seeking approval for their projects. These reports shall identify whether the superstore would result in the physical displacement of any jobs and businesses; the demolition of housing; the...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
This ordinance amends a prior open data policy that empowered San Francisco's Committee on Information Technology to establish rules and standards applicable to all city departments regarding the release of data to the city's online data portal. This ordinance establishes the positions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Madison
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
Data de-identification is the process of modifying or removing personally identifiable information from datasets in a way that minimizes the risk of unintended disclosure of individuals' identities. This report outlines the fundamentals of data de-identification within the educational...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source IBM Center for the Business of Government
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Shared Service Agreements are contracts or agreements that expand access to quality services while promoting collaboration and innovation between multiple local governments. This guide outlines best practices for establishing these agreements, highlights successful case studies, and...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Public Safety
In 2000, the Seattle City Council passed legislation that requires police officers to wear unobscured name tags that display an officer’s first initial and last name. This ordinance amends the Seattle Municipal Code by prohibiting officers from using a mourning band to cover the serial...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Data Innovation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Businesses in the real estate, financial services, and air travel industries have taken steps to limit third-party access to their data in ways that restrict competition, reduce market transparency, and harm consumers. In order to prevent this behavior, this report recommends that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Bus ridership in New York City is rapidly declining. In order to attract riders, buses must become faster, more reliable, and more attractive as a transit option. This report lays out best practices to improve New York’s ailing bus system. Strategies focus on redesigning the bus network...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
This report provides case studies that illustrate how private contractors hide three key types of information: the fees they charge the public, how they spend public funds, and details on the quality of public services. Decision-makers should adopt strong sunshine laws that require...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Public Safety
An examination of federal and state court records shows that the vast majority of large corporations throughout the U.S. economy have made payments to plaintiffs in at least one employment discrimination or harassment lawsuit since the beginning of 2000. These include individual and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State, School District
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 77 requires most state and local government bodies, including school districts, to annually disclose the costs of corporate tax abatements. As a result of the new rule, thousands of America’s public school districts are...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Data & Technology
“Smart city” products are often touted as cost-efficient solutions to providing government services and addressing societal challenges, but in reality these technologies are no more intelligent than the data and algorithms behind them. Like other tools, their effectiveness depends...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
While privatization occurs under different names, such as outsourcing, contracting out, and public-private partnership, it always removes a public good from public control and places it under the control of a private entity. The specifics of these deals vary, but the consequences...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
While smart city technologies hold promise for improving public services and residents' quality of life, they also raise legitimate concerns about data collection and privacy. This report stresses the need to monitor cybersecurity risks, the commercial use of data, and potential government...

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