Oklahoma officials to revamp stimulus site next month
BY PAUL MONIES •
Modified: January 27, 2010 at 9:05 am •
Published: January 27, 2010
/articleid/3434999/1/pictures/833095"> Oklahoma's current stimulus Web site.
Maryland, Kentucky and Connecticut scored the highest on the latest survey of stimulus Web sites by Good Jobs First.
In its first report last summer, the group gave Oklahoma a score of 20 out of 100 for its main stimulus Web site. Good Jobs First also rated the state Transportation Department Web site for stimulus funds, giving it a score of 33 out of 100. The group said last year’s scores are not directly comparable because of changes in methodology.
"Our ratings reflect the belief that state governments should not just be keeping pace with federal ... reporting, states should also be practicing continuous improvement in transparency,” the report states.
Like the state Transportation Department, several state agencies have sections on their sites to provide information about stimulus programs. But Brian Downs, executive director of Oklahomans for Responsible Government, said that’s not good enough if the main site is incomplete.
"When you have a Web site dedicated to recovery funds, and that’s the easiest access point for taxpayers, it seems kind of arrogant to say to the public that they should just know where to go,” said Downs, whose group tracks government spending.
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