Tue August 11, 2009
Government Transparency in Online Reporting
By Chris Taylor
Frankfort, KY – Good Jobs First is a national policy research center that studies government and corporate accountability in the economy. The group recently released a study entitled, "The State of State Disclosure" that evaluates state governments on their Web-based efforts toward greater transparency, particularly as they spend their share of almost eight-hundred-billion dollars in federal stimulus funds. In spite of Kentucky's efforts to set up what Governor Steve Beshear calls a "one-stop shop" at its Kentucky-at-Work Web site, the Commonwealth ranks 47th among the US states. Chris Taylor speaks with Good Jobs First Research Director and study author Philip Mattera about how his organization rates the states online reporting and why it's important. Some state contract and bid information is available at Kentucky-at-Work's sister site: OpenDoor.ky.gov.