MONTGOMERY, AL – An effort started by Governor Bob Riley to disclose state spending on the Internet now includes spending by the state's four-year colleges and universities.
In February 2009, the Governor signed an executive order creating a publicly accessible and searchable website – www.open.alabama.gov -- that details all spending by state government agencies.
Since then, the website has grown to include spending by Alabama's two-year colleges, a list of all active statewide contracts and awarded bids, a database of all leases held by state departments, and links to notices filed under the Alabama Open Meetings Act and campaign finance reports.
Beginning this month, the transparency website includes monthly expenditures by the state's four-year institutions, as well.
"The more transparency there is in government, the more accountable government is to the people," said Governor Riley. "Of all the things our administration has been able to accomplish, none is more important than what we've done to make government more open and accountable to the people it serves."
The Legislature later passed a bill sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr and Representative Mike Ball that essentially wrote Governor Riley's executive order into law. Governor Riley signed that bill into law with Senator Orr and Representative Ball at his side during a bill signing ceremony in May 2009 in Decatur.