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Texas Financial Transparency: Open and Online

Fri April 23, 2010 at Bass Lecture Hall


“Texas Financial Transparency: Open and Online” brings together community members, government officials, students, interest groups and the media to discuss state finance and online transparency. The forum highlights best practices and makes recommendations to enhance the financial transparency of Texas State and Local Government. Sponsors are the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the LBJ School Center for Politics and Governance, and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.



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The forum represents the culmination of a year of work in the State Finance and Online Transparency collaborative Policy Research Project (PRP). This class of graduate students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs encourages Texas government to shift from proprietary data formats and scattered information to open data standards and the “one-stop-shop” model of integrated financial information.

The goal is to study and report on state and local financial transparency efforts, and to recommend ways to improve state financial transparency online.


The conference is on April 23, 2010 from 8:00AM – 12:00PM, at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall. The agenda is as follows:

8:00 AM: Arrival and reception

8:30 AM: Welcome by LBJ Dean Robert L. Hutchings

8:45 AM: Featured Speaker: Dustin Haisler

9:15 AM: LBJ Student Presentations:

—State Financial Transparency, Local Financial Transparency, and Legislative Budgetary Transparency

9:45 AM: Featured Speaker: Victor Gonzalez

10:05 AM: BREAK

10:25 AM: Community Panel: "Financial Transparency in Action"

— Eva DeLuna Castro, James Quintero, Matt Stiles, Dustin Lanier, and Brenda Bell

11:10 AM: Presentation by the Sunlight Foundation

11:20 AM: Featured Speaker: Ethan Zuckerman

11:50 AM: Closing remarks by LBJ Students


  • Robert Hutchings: Newly appointed Dean of the LBJ of Public Affairs
  • Dustin Haisler: Assistant City Manager of Manor, Texas
  • Victor Gonzalez: Director of Innovation and Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Texas Comptroller
  • James Quintero: Fiscal Policy Analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Fiscal Policy
  • Eva DeLuna Castro: Senior Budget Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities
  • Matt Stiles: Reporter, Texas Tribune
  • Brenda Bell: Projects Editor, Austin American-Statesman
  • Dustin Lanier: Director, Council of Competitive Governments, Office of the Texas Comptroller
  • Ethan Zuckerman: Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
  • Sunlight Foundation: Nonprofit organization, promotes the digitization of government data


Government Transparency: Trends in Texas by Lara Kirkham and Gary Chapman 



Parking will be available in the LBJ Library Visitors’ Parking Lot (lot 38).


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