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NFT: Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove

DanMetroMan : 4/18/2017 10:03 am
(Very interesting. It's a non-partisan project but if people feel it's "too political" I will delete)

"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? Thats 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.

You know, when I really wanted to understand in depth what a company was doing, Amazon or Apple, Id get their 10-K and read it, he told me in a recent interview in New York. Its wonky, its this, its that, but its the greatest depth youre going to get, and its accurate."
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I can't wait to go through this...  
Dan in the Springs : 4/18/2017 10:05 am : link
I'm hopeful that it makes expenditures much more visible.

Thanks for sharing.
Data itself is never partisan or political, just the conclusions drawn  
Bockman : 4/18/2017 10:10 am : link
Can't wait to dive into this
This is cool  
Moondawg : 4/18/2017 12:45 pm : link
thanks for posting.
Looks like it's posted now...  
Dan in the Springs : 4/18/2017 1:53 pm : link
pretty cool. Gonna enhance my HS Math lessons for sure.
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