Washington earns national good-government awards
April 4, 2012
NEW — 7 p.m. April 4, 2012
Washington ranks near the top as a leader in government accessibility and transparency in a series of separate reports released in recent weeks.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity ranked the Evergreen State as No. 3 in the nation as a leader of integrity and government transparency. The report card is based on 330 separate benchmarks, including internal auditing, ethics enforcement and open communication.
Washington received a B in a report card issued by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The accompanying report noted the state’s improvement in the past year to improve online access to public spending data.
“These awards recognize the important work Washington state has done to build trust and increase transparency across state government,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement. “It is imperative that we continue to build trust and embrace open communication across all governmental bodies. Our citizens depend on and expect transparency in their government, continuing to meet these expectations is a top priority.”