Brazilian Transparency Policy and the Transparency Portal

Not only is transparency in Brazil taken as the principle of publicity in public administration, but also as a Public Policy, led by integrated actions focused on achieving specific goals.
Brazilian Government has reaped concrete quantitative and qualitative transparency-driven results: saving of resources, reformulation of public policies and inhibition of misconduct and corruption acts.
The Transparency Portal is the core of the policy and central tool to promote results through transparency.

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Transparency as a policy is a strategic effort to promote good governance and accountability. It allows public oversight and also creates behavioral stimuli.

The access to public information achieved by the widespread disclosure of data of collective interest, through transparency portals and open data, and the access of information on demand, both makes society work along with the government to track and oversight public expenditures and to keep public servants accountable.

In Brazil, after institutionalizing the framework to access to information, the Federal Government is now directing its course of actions either to enhance transparency tools or to identify and disclosure new data bases of public interest. It is important to mention that the government main goal is to open new data bases which may be effectively used to promote either good governance or accountability.

The main innovation is the strategic planning of integrated actions focused on achieving specific goals.
The transparency policy includes:
• The networking involving government and society to foster the use of information to public oversight
• The identification of new databases demanded by society
• The intragovernmental negotiation for disclosing new data
• The creation and continuous enhancement of transparency tools
• The orientation and training of citizen and civil society organizations to public oversight

The Brazilian government identified the opportunity to establish close relation with journalists, academics and citizen to bring them along to auditing and oversighting public expenditures. Considering the size of the country, which has almost 5600 municipalities, it is indispensable to have society engaged.

Tangible results:

• Denounces of nepotism and public officers earning beyond the maximum wage, as a result of the availability of the information on public servants on the Transparency Portal.
• More than 25% reduction on expenditures related to the usage of the governmental corporative credit card, after publishing detailed expenditures.
• Revising rules for subscription on social welfare programs after receiving denounces of deviation of money from such programs.
• Changes in the educational financing program for low income citizens, after the Portal and open government data were used by society to show inefficiencies in the former program.
• Identification of cases of corruption and deviation of public resources through the analysis of data available on the Transparency Portal.

Either government or society benefits from this innovative process, since society accesses the needed data bases and the government enlarges the scope of public auditing and oversight.

It is important to state that The Brazilian Transparency Portal for the Federal Government is the main supporting tool for the Transparency Policy. It is so because it turns viable the proactive disclosure of public information on the Internet, for unrestricted access.

The first version of the Portal was launched in 2004. Although the site evolved though the years, its antique interface, the immense volume of data (more than 40 mi new records/month) and the public accounting technical language, it urged redesigning the portal interface and its navigational architecture to make data truly available and comprehensible to all.

The new Portal, launched in June/2018, innovates through the creation of a data warehouse (DW) which really integrates data from 17 sources. Those data sources have complimentary information, but their data modelling does not integrate at all. The Transparency Portal DW created rules for the correlation of data resulting in more comprehensive information.

Besides, information is now presented either in dashboards (graphic interface) or on interactive data tables that can be filtered and manipulated by users. It’s possible to add or remove columns from tables, changing the granularity of information presented, accordingly to the users’ needs.

The Portal also includes learning content aimed to clarify technical terms through guidelines and videos that explains the information disclosed.

Besides information on public expenditures and revenues, information on public servants, beneficiaries from social welfare programs, new databases were incorporated on the new Portal: database for bidding and contracts, and the database of work travel.

There is now available a new tool for subscriptions for receiving emails public expenditures and contractions, based on configured parameters that reflects the user direct interest.

All those new features aim to make public tracking and oversight easier.

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Year: 2018
Organisation Type: Independent institution

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