MD bill would provide more info on government contracts

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter

Greater transparency in Maryland government contracting is the goal of legislation that would provide more information about each contract on a state website.

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is considering a bill that would pour $1.4 million into the growth of the website that allows the public to view payments made to state contractors.

The Maryland Funding Accountability and Transparency website (spending.dbm.maryland.gov) under the Maryland Department of Budget and Management is a listing of all payments greater than $25,000 that state agencies have made to contractors from the years 2008-13. The public can see the amount the agency paid, the year, and the zip code where the vendor is based.

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