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Kentucky revamps openness Web site

October 14, 2009

Gov. Steve Beshear‘s office announced today that the state has reworked its openness and transparency Web site – www.opendoor.ky.gov – based upon extensive public input.

Among the features added to the Web site are up-to-date state employee salary information, a search function for state contracts with PDF copies of each state contract, and a more extensive catalog of state expenditures.

The site was launched on Jan.1, but contained only broad spending information, and the revamped site went live yesterday.

It seems to be a big step toward providing easy access to state spending information – one that was relatively easy to make, and is a welcome addition to the ability of citizens to interact with the state.

Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller will be hosting a demonstration of the new site online today at 10 a.m. CST. and will respond to questions from the public.

Here’s the info about how to participate in the webinar –

On Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 11 AM EDT, Finance and Administration Sec. Jonathan Miller will be hosting a live demonstration of the new, updated Open Door site on the Internet, in a “webinar” format, allowing members of the public to participate and submit questions from their computer terminals.

To join the webinar, go to https://apps.lotuslive.com/meetings/join?id=719-776 . For audio, dial 502-564-9110, and, when prompted, use ID 5647777 #.

Interestingly, we just weighed in on this issue in an editorial in Monday’s paper calling for the state to provide better and more detailed information about state spending.

Two lawmakers – state Sen. Damon Thayer and state Rep. Jim DeCesare – are working on a bill to require line-item expenditure information to the public. The details of that bill haven’t been worked out, but I would assume it would work well with the state’s new openness Web site and codify the reporting requirements.

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