Supervizor is an online application that (by clicking) provides information to users on business transactions of the public sector bodies – all, direct and indirect budget users (the bodies of all three branches of power, independent judicial and state bodies, local communities and their parts with legal personality, public institutes, public funds, public agencies etc.).
The idea arised among some CPC’s enthusiastic employees, which in cooperation with external partners prepared it for free. Application has been developed in less than a month.
The data are daily updated and provide the general public with proactive transparency in the field of public sector spending. It combines relevant data from different sources (Ministry of Finance, PPA, etc.) in a more user-friendly format and represents an important step towards more transparent state operations. Still, Supervisor did not require any law modifications. It allows oversight over the average EUR 4.7 bn a year used for goods and services by the public sector and indicates contracting parties, all recipients of funds, related legal entities, date and amount of transactions and also purpose of money transfers (for all the services and goods payments over 2.000 EUR). It also enables presentation of data using graphs as well as printouts for specified periods of time and other.
Supervizor was launched on 23th of August 2011. Already during the first day, there were around 1.200.000 page views and raised up to 2.616.000 within only 6 days – bearing in mind that Slovenia is a country with only 2 million inhabitants and also access from abroad was limited for the first few days! There was a significant interest by the public and mostly positive response from other budget users, local level and abroad. We were aware, that the launch of such project will result in significant interest by the public, but we were nevertheless struck by the amount of it. Luckily our IT infrastructure was designed to sustain such traffic as well as numerous hackers' attacks in the first days.
In November 2012 Supervizor also received Slovenian NETKO award for the best digital project of public administration. At the end of 2012, Supervizor was importantly upgraded – now data are updated daily and there are also additional graphic visualisation available – in following months we will continue with the upgrade.
Application also shows ownership and management structure of the Slovenian companies and some data from their annual reports. It enables insight in financial flows among the public and private sector not only to the public, media and profession, but – and this is an important added value – also to regulatory and supervisory bodies.
Supervizor implements the primary purpose of the CPC's mission: strengthening the rule of law, integrity and transparency, mitigation of corruption risks and conflicts of interest. Moreover, transparency of financial flows among public and private sector achieved through this application increases the level of responsibilities of public office holders for effective and efficient use of public finance, facilitates debate on adopted and planned investments and projects as well as decreases risks for illicit management, abuse of functions and limits systemic corruption, unfair competitiveness and clientalism in public procurement procedures. In short: the principle of proactive transparency – provided by Supervizor – is strengthening the accountability of the public sector.