GIS improves the way citizens gain information about their neighborhoods and how City agencies are performing in their area. City planners use this same data to assist in policy making.
Determining the exact number of NYC employees is an inexact science since different agencies count them in different ways. The NYC website announces that NYC has more than 300,000 employees, but the Mayor's report claims that he had inherited 325,000 staff in 2001 and had 288,931 by 2004 (Bloomberg and Page, 2004).1 The only way to account for the discrepancy is that the website is including part-time and casual employees as well as full-time permanent employees.
According to the Mayor's Report, DoITT moved to a new method of counting employees in 2001, but there is no readily available explanation of how numbers were or are calculated. Employees have increased from 392 in 2002 to 882 in 2005, and DoITT estimates that it will require 1053 employees in 2006.
NYC TV - responsible for managing and programming the City's media (TV, radio and web) assets with content ranging from informative and entertaining shows to coverage of City proceedings and traffic conditions
Office of Strategic Technologies (OST) - plans and implements technology initiatives at DoITT and other City agencies. OST is comprised of Project Support Services - providing consultants to other agencies in NYC - and Strategic Projects.
DoITT also works with external agencies, such as the NYC Department of Education, Time Warner Telecom, and Cablevision, to increase accessibility to high speed broadband Internet access throughout the City. While NYC government's involvement in cable and internet connectivity and access is nowhere near as ambitious as Philadelphia's current plan to provide high-speed, broadband wireless connectivity to all points within the city, a similar plan is currently a topic of discussion.
The extent to which there may be intra-business unit cross over is perhaps best exemplified by the Senior Management chart which makes it clear that IUD and OST do not have a specific Senior Manager. One reason this may be so is that there is considerable overlap in the remits of each business unit, and it is more practicable to condense lines of reporting.
DoITT has almost doubled its expenditure between 2001 and 2005 from $162.6m in 2001to $227.7m in 2005, an increase of $65m with an increase to $270.4m projected for 2006. DoITT employees took home just under $727,000 in overtime earnings in 2005 compared to $330m in