March 30, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Photo: Rhode Island Treasurer Frank Caprio put the state's cash flow on Twitter and has a blog, YouTube video, Facebook page, RSS feed, and Flickr page.
Today, Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri announced two new transparency portals, so the public can view expenditures of the Office of the Governor and the Department of Transportation. According to the Governor's Office, the data will be updated weekly.
The portals were created by the Department of Administration in partnership with RI.gov -- a collaborative effort between the State of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Interactive -- at no cost to the state.
In addition, Rhode Island Treasurer Frank Caprio has put the state's cash flow on Twitter and has a blog, YouTube video, Facebook page, RSS feed, and Flickr page.
Transparency sites have become more important as stimulus funds are disbursed and accountability has become an issue. Missouri's accountability Web site predated the stimulus package and reached the 10 million hit mark last summer. More recently many states have launced transparency sites, and a comprehensive site of state, federal and local transparency sites was launched by NIC corp.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.