Archive for March, 2009

SC: Safe Eats

March 23, 2009

Does your favorite South Carolina restaurant keep clean? How about the sanitation at your child’s school? Or the prison that cousin Jim has been locked up in? With today’s State Agency Database Highlight, you can check how a food server stacks up against state health standards:

Restaurant Inspection Scores Search by restaurant name or street name in a city to find current regular (unannounced) or followup inspection scores.

Results include date of latest inspection.

The South Carolina page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Elaine Sandberg.

PA: Rural Development

March 16, 2009

If you live in rural Pennsylvania, you can find business and other development assistance with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:OK

Rural Access Guide – Find agencies and assistance with rural projects. From the website, “The Guide was designed to help local government officials, nonprofit organizations, community groups and individuals find the assistance they need for projects and programs. Information in the database was originally compiled in 1999/2000 and continues to be updated regularly. Information in the guide is meant to be used as a basic outline of available programs.”

Records contain contact information, websites when available and a basic description of the assistance program offered.

The Pennsylvania page of State Agency Databases Accross the Fifty States is maintained by Suzanne Leers.

OR: Verify Lender License

March 9, 2009

If you live in Oregon, today’s State Agency Database Highlight will help you determined whether your mortgage lender is actually licensed to do business:

  • Mortgage Lenders – A database of licensed mortgage lenders, searchable by name or location. Also allows downloading of the data file.

Here is a sample record:

FIRST FINANCIAL ALTERNATIVES CORPORATION
Main Office: License No: ML-3080
4514 CENTURY DR S
SALEM, OR 97302
County: MARION
Attn: STEEN CLAUSSEN
Phone: (503) 881-0959
Start Date: 12/02/2003
Expire Date: 12/04/2010

The Oregon page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Tom Stave and Jane Kirkland.

OH: Local Gov’t Audits

March 2, 2009

If you live in Ohio and wonder if your school, country or other local government agency is in top fiscal or operative shape, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Audit Search – Conveniently review the financial information of units of state and local government such as schools, cities, counties, etc., to see how Ohioans’ tax dollars are being spent. Types of audits and reports included are: Financial – Annual or biennial reviews of the financial activity, legal compliance and fiscal controls of a government. Issued for the nearly 5,000 units of state and local government. Special – Reviews of questioned transactions to determine if fraud, waste or abuse has occurred. Performance – Reviews assessing the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of government business operations or programs. Provider – Reviews of Medicaid provider services to determine compliance with program regulations. Fiscal Analysis – Financial forecasts, fiscal watch/emergency review.

The Ohio page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Audrey Hall.