Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sunshine portal is up and running!

Check it out:

The Department of Information Technology says this is a beta version, and it's accepting feedback about the site, which puts so much information online, it's hard to fathom.

When the site is fully operational, you will be able to see which vendors are doing the most business with the state, get copies of State Land Office contracts and see how much the state brings in and how it spends its revenue. In addition, you'll be able to check out state investments, capital projects and more.

Already, though, I have got to say that in less than ten seconds I was able to click on an agency and pull up a complete list of employees and salaries -- sooooooo much easier than how we do things now. And, there's a master calendar for all the upcoming state government meetings, which is also handy.

The group that built the site, RealTimeSites, is accepting feedback for 30 days, so check it out and see what parts are easy to use and what sections need improving.

The site comes after Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, last year sponsored the measure to put the information online before July of next year. In a world that's really known for bureaucracy, this effort has been amazingly fast.

OK, I'm off to browse some more. This is a really great tool for anyone who wants to know more about state government.

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