Government Programs Portal Getting Better

30 june 2015

The Analytical Center hosted a round table on the current state and development prospects of Russian government-sponsored programs portal.

The Ministry for Economic Development launched the government programs portal 4 years ago and since then work has never ceased to improve it. Opening the round table, the Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Svetlana Ganeeva noted that the portal has three broad categories of users: key ministries that develop and coordinate government programs, federal executive authorities charged with implementing them or with assisting in the implementation of government programs, and, finally, the general public. “The portal has got to be easy to use for all categories of users and today we need to talk about its functionality and opportunities for development,” Ms. Ganeeva said.

The Head of the Department for Budget Planning and Government Programs of the Ministry for Economic Development Aleksey Mitkin presented a report titled Government Programs Portal as a Means to Improve the Efficiency of the Creation, Revision, Monitoring and Implementation Assessment of the Government Programs. He defined the main goal of the portal as creating a paperless environment using digital signatures. Currently the portal can already be used to draft state programs and get approvals for conclusions. It is important that the government should see all the proposals that ministries and agencies add to the portal.

The Deputy Head of the Department for Information Technologies of the Analytical Center Anatoly Karpenko talked about the key problems and functional restrictions the portal has from the user’s point of view. A survey of portal users found that a third of the respondents are not satisfied with the functionality offered by the portal. Over 60 % believe that a significant improvement is needed. Moreover, potential users are not particularly interested in the portal. Mr. Karpenko pointed out some key drawbacks that led to such feedback from the users. One of them is the lack of any links to documents related to government programs, weak analytical (forecasting) tools, lack of integration with other information resources to get information about implementation of government programs from, some data being out of date, and some others.

“The Analytical Center has drafted proposals on how the portal could be improved. These include integrating information about all the government programs into a single system, developing better analytical tools that would allow users to run simulations based on changes in key financial and other parameters of government programs, as well as integrating the portal with other information systems and resources such as the common interdepartmental statistical information system, the automated state management system, the strategic planning financial information system, Digital Budget, the state purchases portal,” Mr. Karpenko said. The expert also put forward proposals regarding organizational and technical measures aimed at developing and expanding the portal.

During the round table, representatives of federal executive authorities and businesses were given the floor. Thus, the lead developer of BI systems with Center for Analytical Systems LLC Igor Burobin suggested developing an interactive information analysis application that would allow users to track expenses and other indicators of government programs as well as projecting budget spending.

In conclusion, the moderator of the round table, the Head of the Directorate for Information Systems Alexander Malakhov said that for the purpose of further discussions the Analytical Center was going to organize a meeting with representatives of provincial governments.