Transparency is fundamental to accountability. Most states, including Washington, have transparency websites. Washington's transparency website (fiscal.wa.gov) is a collaborative effort between the Office of Financial Management and the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee.
The Open Checkbook is part of the transparency website which also provides access to data related to budgets, spending, revenue, state employee salaries, and contracts.
- How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data (U.S. PIRG Education Fund):
- Transparency websites of “Leading States” (From Following the Money 2012, in grade order):
- Texas www.texastransparency.org
- Kentucky www.opendoor.ky.gov
- Indiana www.in.gov/itp
- Louisiana www.latrac.la.gov
- Massachusetts http://www.mass.gov/transparency
- West Virginia http://transparencywv.org
- Arizona openbooks.az.gov
- NASC Transparency Information Sharing Group