Since groundbreaking legislation in 1909 and again in 1967, Florida’s government has proudly promoted openness for most of our history. As new tools become available through technology to promote greater transparency and accountability, we must be prepared to embrace them and honor our long-standing tradition of government in the sunshine.
During my first two years as CFO, we have made great strides in showing Floridians how their tax dollars are being spent. I launched Transparency Florida, which contains comprehensive state budget information, checkbook-level expenditure reporting and a Florida Citizen Profile called Your Money Matters. Last year, we added the Florida Accountability Contract Tracking System (FACTS), a comprehensive online tool that, for the first time, makes state contracting processes transparent through a centralized, statewide contract reporting system. But there is still much more to be done, and a system almost as old as the state’s open government laws is standing in the way.
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