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Baltimore County Public Schools, MD implement transparency solution spotlightonspend to deliver meaningful spend transparency

BCPSLogoHerndon, VA – 15 January 2013  – Baltimore County Public Schools have deployed Spikes Cavell’s spotlightonspend transparency platform to enable citizens in the County and beyond to better understand where Baltimore County Public Schools spends taxpayers’ money on the goods and services it needs to run schools in the County. BCPS’s raw spend data has been classified, enriched and redacted by Spikes Cavell, and transformed into information that has both relevance and meaning for the public and businesses alike. Baltimore’s residents, local small business enterprises and local media are able to access the transformed spend data through easy to use spotlightonspend web application that runs in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

BCPS spotlightonspend page

In 2011, the state legislature of Maryland required Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) and other organizations to publicly post on the internet all of their expenditures over $25,000 for the 2012 financial year by January 1, 2013. Rick Gay, Purchasing Manager at BCPS said, “As we began to look at what that would entail it became obvious to me that we could use spotlightonspend to fulfil the legislative requirement at a greatly reduced cost. Working with the Spikes Cavell team has been a great experience and, because of their dedicated efforts and professionalism, we completed the project 11 days ahead of schedule. Spikes Cavell are the consummate professionals, they were always reachable and very proactive to our requests as we developed the information that would be required to go on to spotlightonspend. One particular nuance that BCPS was required to do was to annotate all the minority vendors on the list. The Spikes Cavell team developed a program change whereby notes indicating this could be added to each vendor. The site is so impressive that other school systems throughout the state are looking at implementing their own site as well using the Spikes Cavell model. This is just one more example of why the BCPS Office of Purchasing is setting the pace for everyone else across the country to follow.”

See the case study for more information on other achievements BCPS made using Observatory spend data to drive money-saving procurement initiatives.


About Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Maryland–Pennsylvania Line, Baltimore County wraps around but does not include Baltimore City. With more than 800,000 residents, Baltimore County is diverse with residents living in suburban, rural, and urban neighborhoods, reflecting the nation's blend of cultures and backgrounds.

Baltimore County Public Schools is the 26th largest school system in the US and the 3rd largest in Maryland. It’s $1.5 billion budget supports the education of more than 105,000 students at 174 schools, programs, and centers in the County.


About spotlightonspend

spolightonspend is an innovative online platform that seeks to deliver meaningful visibility of public sector spending on goods & services. To that end, significant effort is required to improve the original raw financial data such that it is accessible, relevant and of value to the general public. The work to effect the data improvement is undertaken by Spikes Cavell - a private sector organization that transforms and analyzes spend and related data for more than 1,000 public sector bodies worldwide to help them save money, address important policy related questions and as a bi-product of those efforts deliver transparency.


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