The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services do not have enough medical data to ensure that payments are correct or beneficiaries have access to covered services, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Feb. 6.

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The City of Long Beach, Calif., launched DataLB, an open data portal, which uses geospatial mapping technology for people to look up boundaries, health, infrastructure, planning, recreation and parks, safety, schools, and transportation information as it pertains to their area.

Fayetteville, N.C., is turning to an online app to monitor the performance of the city’s services and programs. TRACStat, a new publicly available application, will report key performance indicators, such as performance data, budget and financial data, and updates for strategic projects across the city. The new app is replacing semiannual printed reports or static documents posted on a website.

The California secretary of state has improved access to more than 5.3 million records related to corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships through the creation of a new Business Search Tool, which allows citizens to have online access to data that was previously available only through in-person or mail requests.

Calls for government transparency are increasing as citizens want to know exactly what information governments have and how governments are spending taxpayer money. Cincinnati has taken these calls to heart and has invested roughly six months and $55,000 into 15 new dashboards that help educate and inform citizens.

California has budgeted $3 million to analyze high-resolution aerial images of 410 urban water suppliers’ areas throughout the state. Water regulators will combine data from those images with data on climate, as well as other factors, to assist state officials in calculating new community-specific conservation targets.

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