Transparency Still A Work In Progress For Some States
Many states are gaining traction with transparency and others are still working hard to share information with their constituents. According to a recent study, each of the 50 states have made progress with offering financial transparency, some better than others.
As discussed in “How Does Your State Rank for Financial Data Transparency?,” posted by Colin Wood on GovTech.com, states seem to be improving financial transparency efforts but there is room for improvement. A study conducted by U.S. PIRG, a consumer advocacy group, evaluated and ranked the 50 states based on how well they show the public how they spend money. They considered the information that was made available to the public and the functionality of their state websites. The report revealed that all states are showing improvement and all have the ability to show transparency at the checkbook level. Ohio topped the list this year with a new financial portal. Ohio also offers citizens a single portal for all information, single-click search functionality, and comprehensive data showing spending by quasi-governmental agencies as well as public-private partnerships. Ohio’s portal may have cost nearly $814,000; however, they expect to recoup their investment and more, through the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse that can be spotted by citizen and watchdog groups.
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