Press Release: Indiana Transparency Portal Gets An “Extreme Makeover”

From the Indiana State Auditor’s Office, June 26th 2018:

STATEHOUSE- Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz, CPA, made the “big-reveal” of the updated Indiana Transparency Portal (ITP) offering Hoosiers a more accessible and in-depth look at the state’s finances and assets.

Utilizing the latest in data delivery technology, Auditor Klutz worked closely with several state partners to update the site that has been traditionally known for receiving the highest awards for government transparency. The transformation includes interactive dashboards that provide overviews of some of the more popular and the most complex financial information about state revenue and expenditures.

“I know how frustrating it can be when you can’t find the information you are looking for,” Klutz said. “We have created a site that is interactive and offers more detailed information at a glance about our state finances without having to sort through thousands of lines of data on a spreadsheet. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, I have a designated team who can help you find it.”

The previous site offered static graphics and searchable fields, but it was left to the user to aggregate the information and manually combine spreadsheets to compare certain data. Enhancements to the site are designed to assist the user by offering summaries of information in dashboards that give agency snapshots of vendor payments, funding sources and travel and purchase card transactions and many other categories.

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The ITP was established by IC 5-14-3.5-2. It was launched in 2010 to provide the public with access to state revenue and spending data. The site also offers information on state assets with an acquisition value at or above $500, as well as, the annualized or hourly salary of state employees. The AOS is required under the statute to post the data. In April 2012, ITP was awarded an A- by the Center for Fiscal Accountability, the best grade given to any state in the Midwest. In 2016, the Portal was awarded an A+ grade earning a perfect score from the US Public Interest Research Group.

You can read the full press release here.

What are your thoughts on the new Indiana Transparency Portal?  The Indiana Coalition for Open Government would love to know what you think, how you are using the tools, and what data you have uncovered.