Open For All Hoosiers

Source: 
The Indianapolis Star
Tim Berry

In today's world, we rightfully expect information to be at our fingertips. Whether it is the latest sports scores or checking our children's test results, technology has created the expectation of accessibility and transparency. 

In no area of our lives, however, should transparency be more of a priority than in the business of government.

As auditor and chief financial officer for Indiana, I take my responsibilities for transparency and responsiveness very seriously.

That's why in August 2010, working with Gov. Mitch Daniels, we created the Indiana Transparency Portal, our initiative to make state and local government transparent and accountable.

You can find it at www.in.gov/itp.

Our initial rollout included such features as a listing of employee salaries, information regarding state contracts and detailed local government financial reports.

With more than 75,000 page views since the unveiling of our one-stop shop last year, the Indiana Transparency Portal has not only proven to be very popular, but also has earned high marks from watchdog groups.

In fact, Sunshine Review and Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), nonprofit organizations dedicated to state and local transparency, recently graded Indiana's transparency portal an A-minus. We are the only state to receive an A from both major transparency reviewers.

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