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After a year and a half of work, the Government of the Federal District (GDF) launched the new search engine to consult district standards. DF Law, which can be accessed on this websitehas been live since April so every citizen can search for Ordinances, Ordinary Laws, Supplementary Laws, and Statutes of the Federal District using search terms.

The platform is an accessible tool, a simple way to access reliable data about works edited by the Governor of the Federal District, without the need to know numbering or publication date. All content has been created by the Casa Civil team, directed by Secretary Gustavo Rocha.

“The thrust was to create a platform for easy access and quick search, with reliable data, in light of our institutional competencies, to give more publicity and provide more legal and information security to the citizen,” explains Chief of Staff of the Civil House Leonardo Emerick.

In an interview with Brasilia Agencythe director talks about why DF Legis was created, and how the new platform – which has more than 30,000 standard laws available for consultation since 1994 – works and comments on the big difference: the standard form, a kind of birth certificate for this new tool.

Check out key excerpts from the interview below.

Photo: Paulo H. Carvalho / Brasilia Agency

What prompted the creation of the DF Legis portal?

The creation of the DF Legis portal came from the need to publicize the businesses promoted and edited by the Governor, in the face of a request from the Governor and the Secretary [da Casa Civil, Gustavo Rocha]. We submit to DF Legis all laws and regulations, in general, of Official Gazette of the Federal District. We’ve taken some examples of what’s already available within the federal government and some other portals. The thrust was to create a platform for easy access and quick search, with reliable data, in view of our institutional competencies, giving more publicity and providing more legal security and information to the citizen, legal operator, attorney and public servant. , who is a great user of DF legislation on a daily basis.

“The first thing you do on the internet is do a search, so it was the same virtue we tried to give DF Legis”

Is this also a way to make it more transparent?

Every way we can put technologies and use the Internet to allow more breadth of this connection is a way to provide transparency. In this pandemic, we note the importance of being able to provide accurate information about actions. It is an active government advertisement, with the ability to be searched by search engine that includes a specific topic.

How does the portal work?

The DF Legis platform was introduced as a search engine solution. IT team [tecnologia da informação] It was presented as a great solution to find information. The first thing to do on the Internet is to do a search, so this was the same virtue we tried to offer DF Legis. From the search engine, with a simple text search of the content of a law or decree, we were able to provide an accurate result through DF Legis.

Was there a concern about creating an accessible site?

certainly. One of the big users is the public servants. They already know very well what criteria they are looking for, but when we go back to the citizen, we still struggle to get that access. We are looking for the possibility of textual search, with a specific topic, management of similar information and indexes in relation to a project, law or decree.

What is the size of the group today?

In fact, we’ve been doing this survey for quite some time, and our biggest challenge was creating a new database. We start from the premise of creating an organized database based on Official Diary [do DF]that became electronic. We start with our DODF and back. Today we have been able to include all the Ordinary Laws, the Supplementary Laws, and the Updated Basic Law with all its amendments. Now, the business is to be able to feed all the ordinances. Today we have ordinances from 1994. We add more every day and every hour. There are already some from 1989 and 1990. The trend is for us to arrive and deliver all ordinances and all Federal District rules in a short time. It is building a new database. We take care of the security of the information we provide. There is a review process, and that takes some time. In one year and four months, we were able to feed more than 30 thousand businesses. It was really a big job. In a short time, we were able to bring in more and more to include all the ordinances and move on to other normative work, such as the ordinances.

“In a year and seven months, we were able to feed more than 30,000 businesses”

What makes DF Legis different?

One of the big differences in DF Legis is that the development, maintenance and catering are carried out by the civil servants themselves, which leads to savings in public resources, since there will be no cost and makes it possible at all times to make improvements and new functions. Another differential we can mention is the standard formula. It is a simple document that presents all the essential information. If I’m going to do a parallel, I can say it’s the birth certificate of the base, with some full information, like who signed it, who submitted the bill, what bodies are involved in the matter, if there is a veto…facilitating channel search. It’s a great summary of the benchmark presentation.

How was the process of creating the platform?

We were able to do this at no additional cost, just with information, database and civilian personnel. We do not need to make any contract either to operate the system or to feed the database. All of this build of the DF Legis platform came in an evolution of digitization that was already happening in the civic home, from the moment we transformed the platform Official Diary in electronics. Through small changes in the internal organization, we have been able through our IT area to signal a platform solution, and from there, we actually use our staff and expertise Official Diary. We had no cost but the labor force of the civil house employees.

It's DF Legis' turn to ensure more legal certainty

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