Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove - The New York Times

See the USAFacts About Us page for more details; also see Steve Ballmer thinks you don’t have enough data about your government (Recode)
"On Tuesday, Mr. Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways.

Mr. Ballmer calls it “the equivalent of a 10-K for government,” referring to the kind of annual filing that companies make."
Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove - The New York Times
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