The Indiana Gateway for Government Units is a data collection and transparency portal supported by the State of Indiana and Indiana University and used by thousands of local government officials, academic researchers, and taxpayers. Launched in 2010, Gateway grew from the Information for Indiana Initiative, a collaboration of the State of Indiana and Indiana University to make state-collected information available to Indiana citizens.
Gateway was originally designed and implemented by the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) at Indiana University and is supported today by a collaboration of team members from the IBRC, Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF), State Board of Accounts (SBOA), Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB), and Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC). Those State agencies are responsible, by Indiana statute, for a variety of local government financial oversight tasks.
As of 2016, over a dozen applications are used by hundreds of local units of government, schools, state agencies, casino operators, and others to submit financial and operational data. Data submitted includes budgets, annual financial reports, employee compensation reports, debt issuances, local development agreements, TIF district summaries, and school district collective bargaining reports, among others.
For more information about Gateway, please contact Carol Rogers at the IBRC.
More about the Partner Agencies
- The Department of Local Government Finance is responsible for ensuring property tax assessment and local government budgeting are carried out in accordance with Indiana law. The Department is charged with publishing property tax assessment rules and annually reviewing and approving the tax rates and levies of every political subdivision in the state, including all counties, cities, towns, townships, school corporations, libraries and other entities with tax levy authority.
- As an agency of the executive branch, the State Board of Accounts audits the financial statements of all governmental units within the state, including cities, towns, utilities, schools, counties, license branches, state agencies, hospitals, libraries, townships, and state colleges and universities. The agency, as a part of the audit process, renders opinions on the fairness of presentation of the various units financial statements in accordance with the same professional auditing standards required of all independent audit organizations. Investigatory audits are performed to reveal fraud or noncompliance with local, state and federal statutes.
The Education Employment Relations Board promotes harmonious and cooperative relationships between public school teachers and the school corporations they serve. IEERB provides direction and information regarding Collective Bargaining and Impasse, Unfair Labor Practices, Education Employment Research, and Representation.
The Indiana Gaming Commission licenses and regulates gambling at Indiana’s 13 casinos. The Gaming Commission also oversees charity gaming and certain athletic events around the state.
The Indiana Business Research Center is an extensive resource for data and analysis of economic and demographic information needed by business, government and nonprofit organizations in Indiana and throughout the nation. The IBRC also serves as a state partner in the Federal-State Population cooperative and the nationwide State Data Center Program of the U.S. Census Bureau.