Letting light into the corridors of power
We might hope to see the finances of the Union as
clear and intelligible as a merchant's books, so that every member
of Congress and every man of any mind in the Union should be able
to comprehend them, to investigate abuses, and consequently to
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Albert Gallatin
What this means in practice continues to evolve as states,
governing bodies and individual organizations suggest or impose
requirements on publically funded bodies to make their expenditure
and other information accessible to the general public. What
is however already clear is that the policy has cost, complexity
and risk implications at a time when the public sector’s priority
is addressing the maintenance of services in the light of
significant budget cuts.
Many states have enacted legislation which means that State
Agencies must publish their expenditure data in a timely fashion to
an online "state checkbook." And a growing number of states
are enacting legislation compelling all other public bodies within
the state to do the same and are putting timelines in place for
compliance as early as 2011.
For transparency to mean anything it has to be meaningful
is a managed service that is comprised of everything necessary
to cost-effectively facilitate the publication of the spend and
related information you elect to make available to the general
The service includes significant enhancement of the
information you publish to improve its accessibility, relevance and
value for the intended audience - the general public.
Make your spend data relevant and easy to use by the
Enhance the information you publish to improve its
accessibility, relevance and value for the intended audience – the
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Cut the cost of delivering transparency
spotlightonspend cuts the cost associated with
transparency by removing the need to add to the workload of your
current staff or increase headcount.
Minimize the chance of breaching pricvacy laws
Reduce the risk of inadvertent breach of the data protection and
personal privacy laws.