|[November 08, 2012]
Indiana Gets an A in State Spending Transparency Study
MELBOURNE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
A study released by Activity-Based Total Accountability (ABTA) Institute
at the Florida Institute of Technology gives the State of Indiana an A-
for providing transparency to state spending data. Indiana topped all 50
states for transparency according to the ABTA.
The study analyzed each state's spending data and awarded a grade of A
to F on the institute's state report card, which can be found at http://abta.fit.edu/report_card.
On a grading scale ranging from 0 to 100, Indiana recorded the high
score of 90 and was one of only three states receiving an "A-" grade
along with Utah and New Jersey. Indiana received perfect reporting
scores in the categories of supportability, ease of navigation,
readability, data content, download capability, graphics capabilities,
contextual information, and supportability via social media.
"This effort creates transparency in governent spending to serve the
taxpayer," says ABTA Institute Director Deborah Sater Carstens, an
associate professor of information systems at Florida Tech's Nathan M.
Bisk College of Business. She adds, "Accountability in government is
achieved only when total costs are considered in light of all activities
performed by agencies. To successfully track total costs, a standard
system of measurement is required."
The ABTA Institute effort drew its data from the spending documents of
all 50 states for a variety of departments and sectors. Links to these
reports and tables are at: http://abta.fit.edu/data.
The ABTA Institute used a recent U.S. Small Business Administration
grant to perform a state report card analysis and to fund training
videos. The videos explain what ABTA is, how ABTA unit costs are
developed and how to use ABTA to transform government. Video trainer
Gary Van Landingham said, "ABTA has the potential to help citizens and
their governments dramatically improve the efficiency of public
services, and I encourage them to use the resources on the website to
begin this process."
The ABTA Institute is a resource of the Nathan M. Bisk College of
Business at Florida Tech. For more information, contact Carstens at Carstens@fit.edu.
Founded in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological
university in the Southeast. The university was designated a Tier One
Best National University in U.S. News & World Report. The university
offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Fields of study
include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities,
mathematics, psychology, communication and education. Visit www.fit.edu
for more information.
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