This budget also marks a major milestone in the Administration’s efforts to make more information about spending and performance available to the public.  As described above, the FY2015 Governor’s Budget Recommendation is being presented in a more easily understood program-based manner, but this year also includes proposed performance measures and data against those program areas.  And for the first-time ever, Massachusetts state government is releasing information on performance across each of its Secretariats.   These activities supplement the Administration’s prior efforts to share information, such as through the OpenCheckbook website.  Since last year, further highlights from these areas include:

  • Launching the Informed Massachusetts website – The website brings together in one place critical information on state government spending, revenues and performance.  Through this site you can access the OpenCheckbook, MassResults performance reports and of information on tax expenditures to name a few.  The site is regularly updated with new information relating to both state and municipal government.
  • Expanding the OpenCheckbook  – The Administration has worked with Quasi-Public Authorities to bring their information onto the OpenCheckbook, supplementing the more than 85% of state spending already presented on the site.  In recent months, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts School Building Authority and Pensions Reserve Investment Management Board have all placed spending information on the OpenCheckbook.   The Administration has also commenced development of a new platform within the OpenCheckbook to ensure that all Quasi-Public Authorities can follow suit during 2014.
  • Driving transparency in local government – Funding through the CIC program has supported transparency and engagement at the local level.  The City of Woburn and five communities received used the program to develop a municipal open checkbook program.  Up to 10 additional communities will be added to the program in the early winter of 2014.  The City of Boston first used CIC funding to expand its Citizen Connect Application program to other cities and towns and the tool is now available in 54 cities and towns across the Commonwealth, representing 56% of the Commonwealth’s population.  The revamped CIC website now includes a Municipal Performance, Accountability, and Transparency section that highlights the Administration’s CIC investments in local performance management and transparency programs.