The Problem... Inconsistency.

Now that government has grown to an immense size and complexity, it is more important than ever that governments maintain complete accountability to the people. Unfortunately, accountability is not possible without real, consistently defined transparency.

Accountability...

Accountability is dependent on real, consistently defined transparency. Without this definition, it is simply impossible to fully understand the transparency information that our state governments publish. Before government leaders can be held accountable for their decisions and actions, we must have a clear consistent understanding of what those actions were.

Without real transparency, it's impossible to compare performance between states, it's impossible to understand what works and what doesn't, and it's impossible to hold our leaders accountable for their actions in a meaningful way.

Transparency...

Transparency is the act of documenting and publishing the decisions and actions taken by our state governments. That information must be made available to the public in a meaningful and understandable format. Not too long ago, the technology to accomplish this simply did not exist. Over the past few years, state governments have implemented significant improvements in their IT infrastructures.

With these improvements in place, and with new software technologies, it is finally possible to publish full and complete transparency information in a useful format... Provided that states understand what information to publish, and in what format.

What States Currently Publish

From one state to the next, inconsistency in transparency publications is the norm. Some states eliminate all transactions below an arbitrary amount, causing inaccurate reports, and creating the potential for vendor fraud. Other states only publish information that is woefully out of date, while others publish only the most recent information lacking any context.

Many states simply publish their checkbook and stop there, omitting vendor information, contracts, details on the bidding process, pension information, calendars, schedules, meeting records, money management, investments, community development, and numerous other categories that fall within the scope of 'transparency information'.

Accuracy

States publish incomplete or 'rounded' financial reports featuring partial data.

Consistency

Each state publishes different information with no consistency from state to state.

Usability

States publish information in a form that is difficult or impossible to understand.

What is the Solution?

While the solution is simple, it must be available to the people that need it most.


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