Taxpayers soon could see why Virginia is filling lawyers’ pockets

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Screenshot of McDonnell legal invoice by Kathryn Watson

The offices of governor and attorney general might get a little more transparent in Virginia.

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Obama’s transparency: Big on promises, not on results 

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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The lack of transparency in President Obama’s actions have far-reaching consequences that don’t fit the promises of Candidate Obama.

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Body-cams may increase transparency, but raise questions too

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Accountability, Audio, News, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee held an on-the-road hearing in Pittsburgh Wednesday, to address issues of best practices in policing and how work in Allegheny County may be a model for others in the commonwealth. Over a dozen witnesses and nearly four hours of testimony confirmed the basic premise of the devil being in the details.

While witnesses were uniformly in favor of increased use of body cameras, it was clear that implementing their use is a bit thornier. One issue was how available such video should be to the public under the state’s right to know law.

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Half dozen open records bills introduced this year in Oklahoma

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  News, Oklahoma, Open Records, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane |
In Oklahoma, the executive branch is subject to open records laws and must provide budgets, emails and many other documents to anyone who asks.
But the judicial and legislative branches are exempt from any transparency requirements despite doing the public’s business and spending public money.
Two lawmakers have introduced bills this year to […]

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Tab for public records ranges from $0 to $500 at Virginia universities

By   /  February 10, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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It isn’t news to any parent with a student at one of Virginia’s public universities that different schools charge different dollar figures for tuition. It turns out that those different price tags apply to requests for public information, too.

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Fiscal transparency gets a boost in Pennsylvania

By   /  February 9, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, News, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

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For taxpayers rightfully curious about where their dollars are going, there have been some informational improvements over the last month, at both the state and local levels. “It’s taxpayers’ money; the public has a right to know how it’s spent,” state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said.

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