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NO. R-339.  Joint resolution requesting the Agency of Administration to post all state contracts and grants in full text on the internet.


   By Senators Condos, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Cummings, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kittell, MacDonald, McCormack, Nitka, Racine, Shumlin and White,

Whereas, in July 2007, two of the least likely political allies in the United States, conservative Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, and the consumer advocate Ralph Nader drafted a letter to the nations’ governors urging far greater transparency in state government financial operations, and

Whereas, the letter’s authors cited a 2005 executive order that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels issued, expanding the scope of that state government’s financial transactions that is posted on the Internet, and

Whereas, the fiscal data now posted on an Indiana state government web site include for each year:  the total number of state contracts, their monetary value, and the number and percentage of Indiana businesses and out-of-state businesses awarded state contracts, and

Whereas, pursuant to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (the act), a new searchable website was established, enabling the public to identify all federal grants and contracts, and

Whereas, although the act does not provide for the posting of the full text of grants and contracts, it represents an important first step toward greater public disclosure, and

Whereas, during his tenure as director of the Office of Federal Management and Budget, Mitch Daniels advocated the posting of the full text of contracts with appropriate redaction of national security-related details, and

Whereas, Vermonters have a right to know how Vermont’s government spends their dollars, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the Agency of Administration, in an effort to achieve the greatest possible transparency in the state’s fiscal transactions, to post the full text of its contracts and grants, in all fields of endeavor, in a searchable format on the Internet, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Governor, to the Secretary of the Agency of Administration, and to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont