California senator investigates millions in Obamacare exchange contracts

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  California, National, News, Obamacare, State Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Ted Gaines

California’s beleaguered Obamacare exchange is one again in the crosshairs of a state senator who is demanding answers following reports that millions in contracts never went out to bid and instead were awarded to friends of the agency’s director.

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Mississippi’s property tax system barely gets a passing grade

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Louisiana, Mississippi, News, Taxes, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The administration of Mississippi’s property tax system was given a grade of C by a Washington think tank.

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FOIA reform languishes in Michigan Senate

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Accountability, First Amendment, Michigan, Transparency, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Jack Spencer |
A measure aimed at assuring that government entities can’t use artificially inflated costs to stifle the public’s ability to obtain information is buried in a Senate committee.
It is believed that if House Bill 4001 were to be voted on by the full Senate, it would stand a good chance of passing, but with [...]

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Transparently bad: U.S. whistleblowers feel blowback

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, Good Government, Government Waste, National, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

BLOCK IT: President Obama has stymied federal whistleblowers by expanding the "sensitive jobs loophole."

Federal employees who expose government waste, fraud and abuse are having a tough time in the “most transparent administration in history.”

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Ohio Supreme Court: Threats to governor exempt from Open Records Law

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  judicial accountability, Ohio, Open Records, Supreme Court, Transparency, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Should the public get the details on threats to the governor? The Ohio Supreme Court doesn’t think so.

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Report: Vermont uses ‘budget shenanigans’ to hide $2.6 billion in liabilities

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  News, Pensions, State Budgets, Transparency, unions, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s legislative bean counters are engaged in highly misleading accounting practices, especially when it comes to what the state owes on employee pensions and health benefits.

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