Delaware Public Integrity Reporting System Provides Greater Transparency in Legislation and Lobbying
DOVER, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As the last days of the General Assembly's 2013 session wind down, Delawareans can follow the groups engaged on various bills with the Delaware Public Integrity Commission's online Public Integrity Reporting System.
Legislation in 2012 (Senate Bill 185) mandated creation of a new online Public Integrity Reporting System and required additional functionality, including the ability to report lobbying activity tied to specific legislation and state initiatives. The new website, created by Delaware Interactive, LLC as part of the state's eGovernment initiative, is available at depic.delaware.gov. It features a public search and explore feature that helps meet Governor Jack Markell's goal of providing greater transparency and accessible data to the public. Anyone can see which lobbyists are engaged on each piece of legislation, as well as being able to view lobbyist client lists and financial disclosures.
"Citizens deserve to know who is lobbying and what they are lobbying for. This puts information in the public domain for online consumption," said Governor Markell. "The new system is providing access to information that ensures ongoing transparency and accountability."
"We're committed to creating new and convenient eGovernment tools for Delaware," said Greg Hughes, Director of the Delaware Government Information Center (GIC), which leads eGovernment efforts in the First State. "Governor Markell has directed us to look for ways to make government more efficient, effective and open; mobile apps and eGovernment tools like this one will help us meet that goal."
The system includes tools to allow lobbyists and public officials to log-in and maintain their own reports and profiles. Public Integrity Staff oversee those reports using an administrative back-end management system. The application was developed with a 'mobile-first' approach in order to optimize viewing on cell phones and tablet devices.
About Delaware Interactive
Delaware Interactive is part of the eGovernment firm NIC's (NAS: EGOV) family of companies. Its focus is on accelerating the number of online services available to Delaware citizens and businesses through the state's official portal, Delaware.gov. Additional information is available at www.egov.com/Partners/Pages/Delaware.aspx.
NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
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