WHEREAS, the mission of Missouri state government is to provide essential services to Missouri citizens; and
WHEREAS, this mission requires state agencies to procure goods and services and disburse funds to eligible recipients; and
WHEREAS, Missouri state government must be accountable to its citizens; and
WHEREAS, on September 26, 2006, President Bush signed the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act creating an internet site for the public to freely search and access information about government spending, grants, and contracts; and
WHEREAS, it is equally important for Missourians to know how Missouri state tax dollars are spent; and
WHEREAS, open access to government spending will reduce costs and promote efficiency in Missouri state government;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Matt Blunt, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby order as follows:
The Commissioner of Administration shall establish the Missouri Accountability Portal as a free, internet-based tool allowing citizens to demand fiscal discipline and responsibility.
The Missouri Accountability Portal shall be an easy-to-search database of financial transactions related to the purchase of goods and services and the distribution of funds for state programs.
The Missouri Accountability Portal shall be updated each state business day and maintained as the primary source of information about the activity of Missouri's government.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 11th day of July, 2007.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State