Major upgrade to OMB website provides increased transparency and improved citizen experience

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:00pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Office of Management and Budget has completed a major upgrade to the transparency section of its website, creating a more user-friendly experience for citizens searching for budget data, vendor contracts, fund balances and other financial information about state government.

The revamped transparency website provides improved visualization of data, including pie charts and bar graphs that allow users to drill down into data. This allows users to more easily and quickly comprehend data, identify relationships and patterns and pinpoint trends, OMB Director Joe Morrissette said.

Other new improvements include year-to-year comparisons of spending and revenues, user-driven analysis and fewer static PDF reports and tabular reports with raw data.

“These significant upgrades to OMB’s website are a perfect example of how we’re using technology to increase transparency in state government and improve the citizen experience,” Burgum said. “We’re deeply grateful for the hard work the OMB team put into this website to help state government empower people, improve lives and inspire success.”

“This user-friendly website will empower constituents, promote citizen engagement and build public trust by making state government spending more transparent and easier to analyze,” Morrissette said, noting the upgrades were implemented in-house using existing technology at a much lower cost than applications from external vendors.

The transparency website can be viewed at www.nd.gov/omb/public/transparency.

Burgum also recently outlined how OMB has improved the state’s revenue forecasting system to make it more accurate and ensure taxpayers resources are being used most efficiently.