November 4, 2011 •
Gov. Brown Decides to Shut Down California’s Transparency Website
California’s government transparency website, transparency.ca.gov, has been shut down. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar set up the site, and it is being closed by current Gov. Jerry Brown. In a note placed on the derelict site, Gov. Brown says much of the transparency information is available on other websites, like the FPPC. While remaining committed to government transparency, Brown says he is aiming for “eliminating inefficiencies and unnecessary costs.”
One concern has been raised in the news. The site offered easy access to travel expense claims from the Governor’s Office and now with the site gone, an inquirer must send a request for such information.
The Sacramento Bee published “Jerry Brown closes website for some public records” by David Siders.
Government Technology posted “Calif. Transparency Website Shuttered” by Sarah Rich.
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