Ball: Transparency website redesign is promise kept

04/23/2017 04:12 PM

A joint collaboration between the Office of the Treasury and the Finance Cabinet is beefing up the state’s transparency website.

The enhanced website transparency.ky.gov, was formerly known as Kentucky Open Door, and is now being touted by Treasurer Allison Ball as having improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly.

The website contains data for the executive and judicial branches and includes such things as agency spending, contracts with businesses, employee salaries, and buildings owned or leased by state government, according to a press release.

“We’re trying to step-by-step make the state more transparent,” Ball said in an interview with Spectrum News.

Ball campaigned on the idea of bringing more transparency to state government, and while she said there’s more work, she says this endeavor is a promised kept to voters.

“I wanted to make sure we had a website that was containing this information,” she said. “But, like I said, this is the tip of the iceberg. I think this is the sort of thing we need to be committed to long-term.”

“We need more and more information,” Ball continued. “We need the local level. We need other entities to be doing this.”

Ball said she would set-the-stage to let people know why the website is important, but would also work other angles to compel others to include information online.

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