Kansas among worst states for public spending transparency

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Kansas, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

MAKING THE GRADE: Kansas fell 11 spots from 35th last year to 46th this year among the 50 states in terms of spending transparency.

The results are in, and the news isn’t good: Kansas continues to plummet in state spending transparency rankings, and it barely squeaked by with a grade of D-minus, according to a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Read More →

Chief tech officer unfazed by criticism, says online video a non-issue

By   /  April 8, 2014  /  Kansas, News, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

Jim Miller, Legislative Chief IT Officer

The Kansas Legislature’s chief information technology officer is pushing back against recent complaints lodged by state senators, and says his staff is unequivocally ready to bring online video to the Capitol.

Read More →

Advocate: Police bypass Fourth Amendment with license plate readers

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  News, State Government, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

CIVIL RIGHTS: Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead says Edward Snowden's revelations are just the tip of the surveillance iceberg.

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The widespread use of automatic license plate reader technology by local police departments is not only unsettling — it’s unconstitutional, one civil liberties advocate argues.

Read More →

Lobbyist says lower open records fees could threaten Kansans’ safety

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Kansas, Kansas Government, News, Open Records, Public Safety, Transparency  /  No Comments

open records

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

TOPEKA, Kan. — According to Kansas law enforcement lobbyist Ed Klumpp, too much government transparency could be a bad thing.

Read More →

Audit of state, local websites reveals government secrecy a growing problem

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  National, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

open records

Watchdog Wire, a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, parent of Watchdog.org, in recent weeks has compiled dozens of transparency audits from citizen reporters.

They found that city, county and township websites are generally doing better at making public information accessible, and providing meaningful content for citizens. But real hurdles to transparency remain – some that keep citizens from obtaining vital information about the government that exists only because of their tax dollars.

Read More →