Contact information is out of date. Financial data is missing. Entire categories of contracts are empty. Six years in, the online database that was supposed to be the state’s searchable “sunshine portal,” shedding light on how the state of New Mexico does the public’s business, is obscured by the clouds of underfunding and overwhelming data.
But state law dictates that state government get its transparency act together.
Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, a co-sponsor of the portal, says a lot of its information is outdated, missing or incorrect and needs to be made current and properly maintained. “This is law. This is supposed to be done. It’s not a wish list,” he says. As it stands, the current portal is “an embarrassment.”
A spokesman for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez blames part of the problem on a contractor, and Darryl Ackley, Cabinet secretary for information technology, told lawmakers last week that his staff is doing the best it can with limited resources.