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The Governor of São Paulo is Doctor Geraldo Alckmin, who was elected in 2010, took office on January 1st 2011 for a term until December 31st 2014.

São Paulo official site. Site maintained by the Government of the State of São Paulo.
Chief of Staff. In Portuguese, this is called Casa Civil. The Chief of Staff coordinates the Cabinet, and talks to the Legislative on behalf of the Governor (all drafts of law are examined by the Casa Civil). Current chief of staff is here.
Chief of Military Staff. Link between the Governor and the Military.

Talk to the Government. The word in Portuguese is "Ouvidoria", from the verb "Ouvir", to listen.
Internal Affairs. The word in Portuguese is "Corregedoria". Denounces of misacts within the State Administration can be placed here.
Virtual Library. General information about the State.
Citizen Portal. Links to other sites providing public services and information.


SEADE - Secretary of Data Analysis. Compiles populational and economic statistics. For country information, visit also IBGE and IPEA.
Institute of Geography and Cartography.


Secretary of Health.
Endemies Control. Endemy is a case of disease which lasts for long periods in small areas; in São Paulo, particularly the poorer areas, there are a few endemic diseases.
Emilio Ribas Hospital. Infectology.
Adolfo Lutz Institute. Sanitary and Epidemiologic Vigilance.
Pasteur Institute.
São Paulo Hemocenter. The blood center of São Paulo. Promotes campaigns for donation of blood, and manages the blood inventory.
Popular Medicines. Produces medicines which are sent to public hospitals or sold at low prices in pharmacies.


Secretary of Transportation.
Secretary of Metropolitan Transportation. Metropolitan area around the city of Sao Paulo.
Detran - Department of Transit. For information about the status of cars and drivers.
Metro of São Paulo. The underground transportation system of São Paulo.
Metropolitan Trains. Urban trains.
Department of Highways. Site provides information about State highways. Notice that information about Federal highways are provided by DNIT.
DERSA. Public company in charge of building and maintaining (or chartering these services) State roads.


Secretary of Education.
Education Council of São Paulo. Council of advisors to the Governor of São Paulo.
Foundation for Development of Education. According to the website, this foundation is "the Executive branch of the Secretary of Education.
School of the Families. Program based mostly on volunteers, which uses the premises of public schools to develop communitary work.
Administrative Development. Studies and implement new techniques for improvement of Public Administration.


Secretary of Finances. The name in Portuguese for Finances is "Fazenda".
Secretary of Planning. Defines long term strategy for the growth of the State. Take a look at this document with competitive advantages of the State of São Paulo.


Secretary of Environment.
Cetesb. Company of Environment Technology.
The São Paulo Zoo. Probably the best in Brazil.
Institute of Botanics.
Fishing Institute.

Justice and Public Safety

Secretary of Public Safety.
Military Police of São Paulo. The Military Police maintains law and order.
Civil Police of São Paulo. The Civil Police investigages crimes.
Federal Police. Investigates federal crimes, and controls immigration and transit of foreigners.
Fire Dept.. In Brazil, the firemen are members of the Military Police.
Police Ombudsman. Office to file complaints against Military and Civil Police.
Safety Councils. Composed by members of the population, the councils are a means for citizens to talk to the Government about safety.
Defesa Civil. Civil Defense, the Anti-Disasters and Pos-Disasters Help Team.


Secretary of Development. Creates and foments business oportunities.
Online Biddings and Electronic Purchases. The Government of São Paulo uses these sites to inform the market about purchases, and allow contractors to place their bids. The site Savings Counter displays how much money was saved by using online bidding.
Development of Agribusiness. The Government acting as a producer of low cost food, for benefit of the poorer consumers.
Poupa Tempo. The name means Time Saving. These are buildings with offices of several public agencies and utilities companies (police, transit department, phone companies, etc). People can save time by dealing with all bureaucracy in only one place.
Junta Comercial. The Commercial Joint is where new businesses must register in order to be legalized.
Exporting center. Website which helps potential exporters find connections with foreign clients.


Secretary of Culture.
MIS. Museum of Image and Sound.
Archives. The official archives of the State of São Paulo; the Archive publishes a magazine called Histórica.
Centro Cultural São Paulo. An old factory was turned into this Cultural Center.
Plaza of Arts. Cultural center installed inside the campus of Universidade de São Paulo.
Libraries of São Paulo. Public libraries in the State of São Paulo.
Memorial of the Immigrants. Museum with memorabilia from the immigrants; the Museum occupies the same building which was used to host immigrants while they were waiting to be transferred to their final destinations.
Latin America Memorial.


Secretary of Labor. Main goal is to help unemployed people find a job.
Emprego. Jobs agency.
My first job. Helps young people find their first job.
Observatory of Labor. Studies the perspectives of the labor market, and adapts policy accordingly.

Science and Technology

University of São Paulo. The largest and most important University in Brazil; funded by the State government.
University of Campinas. Important University, learning and research center. Funded by the State government.
Unesp. Universidade Estadual de São Paulo. State University of São Paulo.
Acessa São Paulo. Program to foment the digital inclusion.
Biologic Institute. Conducts researches with animals and plants, to help improve agri-business.
Institute of Geology.
IPEM. Institute of Weights and Measures; the State counterpart of Federal Inmetro.
Institute of Health. Conducts researches and surveys related to Health.
Oncology Center. Researches about cancer.
State Council for Technology of Information.


Department of Aviation.
Department of Water and Electric Energy.
Sabesp. The State owned Water and Sewage company of São Paulo.
Public Services of Energy. Comission created to regulate and audit the companies which operate with Gas and Energy in São Paulo. Until a few years ago, all such companies were State owned; when the Government decided to privatize them, concerns were raised about the impact that the new Corporative Management (profit oriented) could have on users. The Comission was created in response to the concerns.
IntraGov. High speed backbone connecting Government sites.

Agriculture and Agribusiness

Secretary of Agriculture.
Institute of Agronomy.
Institute of Zootecny.
Animals Health. Regulates the control of diseases in the herds of São Paulo.

Social Issues

Council of Citizenship. Composed by members of the civil society. It is the voice of society regarding social problems (children, black, women, etc).
Social Fund.
Council for Children and Adolescents. Advisory council.
FEBEM. Foundation for the welfare of minors. According to Brazilian legislation, minors under 18 years of age can not be prosecuted in criminal processes, nor can they be sent to jails. Legislation says that, in case of infraction, minors should be interned in reformatory institutions. FEBEM is the reformatory institution in the State of São Paulo. There are many controversies about the efficiency of FEBEM; upheavals and escapes are very common.
Support for Disabled People. Provides information and help for people with disabilities and their families.
Land Institute. Conducts studies about the Agrarian Reform in the State.

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