Massachusetts Comptroller Thomas Shack is poised to give anyone interested the opportunity to take a closer look at the digital innards of state government with a new transparency website aptly called CTHRU.
Rather than going the traditional procurement route, Shack has taken the innovation vibe and run with it, choosing to enter into a subscription with a company called Socrata that takes a no-frills approach to serving up public information on state spending and payroll in a user-friendly manner.
The site, set to go live Sept. 14, was assembled from start to finish this year and the subscription cost, $175,000 to $200,000 per year, is less than what the state might have paid a vendor as part of a long-term, customized contract.
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