April 15, 2009

California launches a new transparency website

The Golden State has gotten a little less opaque. Less then two weeks ago California launched a new site with the goal of bringing increased accountability to top state administration officials.

How?

This site will increase the transparency of Governor Schwarzenegger's administration by making information regarding Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700 and Travel Expense Claim Forms readily available to the public.

Schwarzenegger issued the memorandum calling for increased transparency after reports surfaced via local newspapers of conflicts of interest and abuse of travel expenses by administration officials in early March.

Of course transparency advocates would prefer proactive to reactionary transparency, but more transparency is better than less.

Let's hope the site is taken seriously by those in the administration and its existence can be used to prevent and expose more ethical lapses issues in the future.