The Governor Joins the Transparency Movement
Governor Carcieri’s administration is poised to announce the launch Monday of a mechanism for the public to search state spending records through a new “Transparency Portal.”
According to the governor’s office, the new Web site — www.ri.gov/opengovernment/DOA — will enable “taxpayers to see how public funds are spent” by the Department of Administration “in a detailed, user-friendly format in the context of expenditure classifications with a few easy clicks.”
Initially, the access will be limited to Department of Administration records. But as the hub of state government, DOA has oversight over state personnel, purchasing, accounting, budgeting, information technology, state leasing and capital-property management, statewide planning and legal services, so the potential range of newly searchable material is wide.
Now we just need a fleet of bloggers with nothing better to do than sift through government numbers…