Although not every city and state is eager to form inspector general offices -- New York City leaders, for example, are currently debating the benefits of one for the police department -- the trend toward more of them has been steady.
The Rockefeller Foundation is awarding $100 million to cities willing to create chief resilience officers to prepare for and recover from disasters, which have increased in frequency and intensity due to climate change.
Today more than ever, it is critical for state and local governments to practice sound fiscal management and financial planning. Failure to understand financial outcomes undermines a jurisdiction’s economic and political viability. Yet there’s a big gap between what public leaders know about finance and what they need to know.