Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt today announced that the team that developed his Missouri Accountability Portal (MAP) initiative has earned national recognition with an American Business Award. The Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) Team won the Best MIS and IT Team Category for the development of MapYourTaxes.mo.gov at the 2008 American Business Awards.

"I believe that all Missourians have a right to know where their money goes and how state government is spending their tax dollars. This is why my administration has been committed to making your state government more transparent and accountable with initiatives like the Missouri Accountability Portal," Blunt said. "Recognition like this validates the many efforts that went into our vision for an Internet site that allows Missourians to map their tax dollars."

"I am honored that our team won the 2008 American Business Awards in the Best MIS & IT Team category," said Alicia J. Weaver, director for Enterprise Applications and Data Management for the State of Missouri. "The talented team we assembled for Gov. Blunt's initiative helped the state of Missouri provide government transparency on a level that is truly a first in the nation. This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the project."

The MAP site is updated at the close of each business day to provide up-to-date access to information about state spending. Anyone can search the MAP site by budget category, vendor or contract. Links to other public information maintained by the state are also available on the MAP site. The MAP expenditure site has also been enhanced to allow Missourians to review state expenditures by state agency and information regarding tax credits administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development since tax credit application year 2000. The site also provides easy to access, real time information on state employee salaries.