Chafee Open Government Initiative for Open, Accessible, Accountable State Government Lincoln Chafee, independent candidate for Governor, today announced that as Governor he will issue an Executive Order on Open Government, through which he will implement a plan to utilize modern information technologies to make government services easier to use, government operations more transparent, and government more efficient overall. Chafee’s Executive Order will also set standards on the quality and accessibility of government information, ensuring that high-quality information is shared both internally within government, and externally between government and citizens. My Open Government platform represents a symbolic shift towards freeing ourselves from the old, opaque politics that have crippled our state’s economy. Together, with openness, transparency, and accountability, we can forge a new way forward for Rhode Island. Lincoln Chafee: Independent for Governor of Rhode Island Governor LC4RI _f7e87c3c-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a Rhode Island state government must be open, accessible, and accountable to its citizens,” Chafee said. “For too long, cronyism and corruption have run rampant because of a lack of transparency. My administration will be based on honesty, integrity, and accountability. My Open Government initiative will make it much easier for citizens and government employees to access information and services presently residing in obscurity, and to connect with and learn from each other. Further, this initiative will cut costs by opening up the procurement process to generate more competition and increased compatibility with municipal governments. _f7e87e8a-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a To implement a plan to utilize modern information technologies to make government services easier to use, government operations more transparent, and government more efficient overall. _f7e87fac-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a RI.gov Website Upgrade the user-friendliness of RI.gov: _f7e8807e-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a 1 RI.gov, our state government website, may provide valuable resources, but those resources are valueless if citizens cannot understand how to use them. I will upgrade RI.gov to ensure that citizens can take maximum advantage of the public services they pay tax dollars to fund. The upgrade will include putting online government services that currently require a trip to state offices, such as making DMV appointments and renewing drivers’ licenses. This initiative will make online services available for free. The upgrade will also include increasing the usability of the information in the already-existing Information & Data Center (http://www.ri.gov/information), specifically by making it more searchable and track-able. We will also add new content to the site, such as clear information about our state’s tax policy and the performance of government programs. _f7e88128-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a b316c0bb-0034-44c2-a716-ffb7656e9854 426b1cc0-ce50-4f1f-abb3-d6f7f36b3724 Procurement Process Open the Procurement Process _f7e881d2-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a 2 Government procurement has become synonymous with fraud and inefficiency. I will eradicate this longstanding trend by introducing transparency to the procurement process. Like the federal BetterBuy Project, our administration will offer citizens a way to submit, comment on, and vote on ideas for making our state’s procurement process more effective. I will put an end to hurried "end of year" procurements, which have higher costs and inadequate competition, and build a repository to share market research across government, in order to eliminate the existing duplication of the same research efforts. My administration will also update the prices in the state’s Master Pricing List and make it accessible to municipalities. This will create a more open and competitive procurement process, resulting in an economy of scale that will benefit taxpayers at both the municipal and state levels. _f7e88286-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a cc02f65d-61bb-4ab7-aeaa-787abb9b2e4c 24ace44d-69c7-4f12-8843-2d97ba9ed42f GovLoop Use GovLoop to learn from the economic development and job creation policies of other states and help our state’s government employees better learn from each other. _f7e88344-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a 3 Accessibility and collaboration with GovLoop: All states in the U.S. face the same major problems as Rhode Island, but our government lacks a mechanism for learning from their solutions. I am dedicated to learning from the economic development and job creation policies of other states, and to helping our state’s government employees better learn from each other. For these reasons, I will join GovLoop, a social network site for government employees that currently connects over 30,000 federal, state and municipal employees, and will encourage all state employees to do the same. Participating in GovLoop will allow Rhode Island to learn from existing solutions and share best practices, both externally and internally. _f7e88402-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a e3636db4-f6aa-4d10-825b-1b7f80ff6727 6d0f95fa-f3c4-4753-ad12-6c81c28201b6 SeeClickFix Resolve neighborhood issues with SeeClickFix. _f7e884ca-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a 4 Too many resolvable neighborhood issues go unresolved because the appropriate parties are not notified. I want to include Rhode Islanders in the process of stewarding their neighborhoods by encouraging the use of SeeClickFix, a free mobile phone and web application that allows citizens to identify, report, and fix non-emergency issues in their neighborhoods. As part of announcing my Open Government platform, my campaign will organize a SeeClickFix Storm, whereby we ask our supporters to spend a weekend logging local issues on SeeClickFix. Citizens will be helping us help them, and participating in the work of government in a meaningful way. _f7e885a6-ef3b-11df-94b8-06157a64ea2a 8f33e615-f4a8-44df-aa0e-9186261f610b f2cad4ec-acc7-413c-b392-37e87f52ffae 2010-10-11 2010-11-13 http://www.chafeeforgovernor.com/2010/10/chafee_announce_2.php Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.