Route Fifty: Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites

Route Fifty: Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites. “State governments are raising the bar on what it means to be transparent about their spending, with two states launching new budget websites this month that allow citizens to examine expenditures in near-real time.”

KOCO: Gov. Stitt announces launch of interactive website allowing access to state ledger

KOCO: Gov. Stitt announces launch of interactive website allowing access to state ledger. “Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday announced the launch of Oklahoma Checkbook, a website aimed to help people understand how their taxpayer dollars are being spent. Oklahoma Checkbook provides near real-time data on the state’s expenses, ensuring that people can quickly and easily review the state’s ledger, according to a news release. Stitt also said the website will provide a ‘greater means of accountability and transparency,’ a platform on which he ran on during his gubernatorial bid.”

Enid News: Interactive Oklahoma map showcases 13-year fish collection data

Enid News: Interactive Oklahoma map showcases 13-year fish collection data. “Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) launched an interactive map depicting details of the organization’s fish monitoring data of about 400 stream monitoring sites statewide from 2003 to 2016. ‘The OWRB’s water monitoring activities provide a very detailed and comprehensive statewide analysis of fish species populations among several other parameters that we are monitoring. This particular map viewer contains layers that display all fish species collected for more research-minded users. It also provides layers that display sports fish numbers and types for use by anglers,’ said Bill Cauthron, chief of OWRB’s Water Quality Division.”

Woodward News (Oklahoma): Museum building database for McDonald collection

Woodward News (Oklahoma): Museum building database for McDonald collection. “The Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum is working to have a new database up and running with at least 1,000 images from a photo collection by the new year….The McDonald collection is a series of about 45,000 images from the McDonald Studio that operated in Woodward from 1917 to the 1990s. The collection contains many family portraits that can be traced back to World War II.”

Joplin Globe: Eastern Shawnee Tribe receives grant for digital library

Joplin Globe: Eastern Shawnee Tribe receives grant for digital library. “The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has received a $42,580 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In partnership with the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, the tribe will create a digital library to promote access to Shawnee collections and archival resources.”

Maine: America’s JobLink (AJL) Data Incident

From Maine.gov: America’s JobLink (AJL) Data Incident
. “America’s JobLink (AJL), a multi-state web-based system that links job seekers with employers, has been the victim of a hacking incident from an outside source…. On March 21st, AJLA–TS confirmed that a malicious third party ‘hacker’ exploited a vulnerability in the AJL application code to view the names, Social Security Numbers, and dates of birth of job seekers in the AJL systems of up to ten states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, and Vermont.”

Oklahoma Updates Its Public Prisoner Lookup System

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has updated its public prisoner lookup system. “On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections launched a new offender look-up website with a more advanced search function. Members of the public can now query the department’s database to search by race, age, conviction, and sentence, among other identifiers.”