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Transparency in Government Policies and Procedures

Andy Brush
Andy Brush asked

Has anyone developed policies and procedures around publishing financial transparency reports online?

Background: Washtenaw County, MI will launch a transparency section of our website with some new financial reports this fall. The new reports are: checkbook, credit card expenditures and salaries. We are previewing the reports internally this summer and have received a few requests to exclude payments from the reports - primarily based on privacy.

Some of the privacy requests run between legislated privacy (HIPAA) to implied privacy (I didn't expect that to be published).

We're looking for help in developing policies around what can and should be excluded from our financial reports. And any other broad policies and procedures on transparency.




Pamela Muse

Andy - you may want to follow-up with Fort Collins, CO (970-221-6505) and Surprise, AZ (623-222-1100) both of which have extensive transparency programs. I think they'd be good resources for you.

Good Luck,
Pam Muse
Western Regional Director
Alliance for Innovation

[Unknown] said

Andy, are you also looking to put your public meetings online for more accessibility to citizens?

Andy Brush
Andy Brush said

Hi Justin,
We've already got public meetings online at Agenda, Minutes, LIve Video, Archived Video. Is that what you are talking about?

Yeah, I meant video. Cool.

Barbara Favola

If a community creates a culture of civic engagement, I believe that the local government becomes more and more transparent and by design more accountable. Are there studies that document this belief?

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