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Mayor Annise Parker Announces the 2nd Annual City of Houston Open Innovation Hackathon

BY Frank Bracco
Mayor Annise Parker Announces the 2nd Annual City of Houston Open Innovation Hackathon Houston Technology Experts and Recreational Techies Invited to Help Solve City-Resident Issues
Filed Under
data, data portal, open Houston, open data, civic innovation, national day of civic hacking, Houston Hackathon

Departments
Citywide

Mayor Parker Unveils FY 2015 Budget Proposal/ Begins Discussion of Future Fiscal Solutions

BY Frank Bracco

Today, Mayor Parker Unveiled the FY 2015 Budget Proposal. You can read more about the FY15 Proposed Annual Operating Budget here. To correspond with the release of the Mayor's Proposed Annual Operating Budget, we have updated Budget Bootcamp and our Open Data Resources. Let us know your thoughts.

Filed Under
budget, budget bootcamp, fiscal responsibility

Departments
Finance Department

PWE - Houston Permitting Center Cashier Improvement

BY Frank Bracco

Project Summary: Eliminated over 140 hours of wasted time per month in the cashiering office at the Houston Permitting Center by removing unnecessary requirements in the cash tender process, creating standard work and implementing 5S.

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a customer centric way of thinking and problem solving that seeks to continually identify and eliminate waste.

Filed Under
PWE, public works, houston permitting center, permitting center, LSS, Lean Six Sigma, 5S, cashier, permitting

Departments
Public Works & Engineering

FY14 - Q3: Analyzing BARC Service Requests

BY Frank Bracco

As an addendum to the FY14 - Q3 Performance Insight report, you can find some fun visualizations regarding BARC (animal rescue and control) service requests here.

Filed Under
BARC, 311 Service Requests, open data, Performance Insight, stray animal, animal control violation, animal control

Departments
Administration and Regulatory Affairs

Performance Insight: FY14-Q3

BY Frank Bracco
Performance Insight in Action...

The goal of Performance Insight is to go beyond simply reporting performance and begin to use the report as a tool to manage and improve performance on an on-going basis. As an executive scorecard, my staff and I use this report to lead constructive, data-driven discussions with department directors on the performance of the City’s core functions.

Filed Under
Performance Insight, performance measures, Department of Neigborhoods, 311 Service Requests, strike-off, dangerous building demolition, collections, BARC, animal control, stray animal, personnel, sick time, FMLA, OT, EMS

Departments
Citywide

Adventures in Geospatial Data: X and Y Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

BY Frank Bracco

Hello all and welcome to my very first blog post on the Performance Improvement Division’s website! With the Houston Hackathon coming up on May 31st and June 1st, I thought it would be great to revisit an interesting geocoding situation citizens have voiced since our first Hackathon. What could possibly be interesting about geocoding, you ask? Well, it’s the age old question of what the heck does X and Y mean.

Filed Under
geocoding, data, GIS, datasets

Departments
Citywide

Budget Bootcamp Insights: FY14 General Fund Personnel Expenditures

BY Frank Bracco

When the Finance Department released Budget Bootcamp as its first implemented Hackathon project, we hoped citizens would be able to better visualize and understand the City of Houston's annual operating costs. Each year, the Administration presents its proposed operating budget to City Council for review, amendments, and eventual adoption. The end result of this multi-month process is two thick budget books totaling over 900 pages in length. Budget Bootcamp attempts to condense these pages into interactive visualizations that better help explain portions of the budget and focus conversation around facts. In this case: we're going to take a look at budgeted Personnel Expenditures in the General Fund for FY14.

Filed Under
budgeting, operating budget, General Fund, Enterprise Fund, Finance, Houston Hackathon, Viz, personnel

Departments
Citywide, Finance Department

FIN - Technology Documents for SPD Secure Print

BY Frank Bracco

Project Summary: The technology team has taken on the responsibility to resolve the issue with the Xerox Secure Print and program the personal security code for each SPD staff member. This process is more productive and time can be spent more efficiently. Additionally, the printouts will no longer be shuffled with other employees’ printouts. Less time spent sorting out copies on the Xerox machine or figuring out which copy belongs to who.

Filed Under
SPD, Finance Department, Xerox, secure print, Lean Six Sigma, LSS

Departments
Finance Department

Civic Innovation News and Updates

BY Jeff Reichman

It's already the end of March, and we're really excited to give you a few updates about civic innovation activities in the City of Houston:

Filed Under
civic innovation, Houston Hackathon, open Houston, writeathon

Departments
Citywide

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