Transparency & Open Records

Press Release from the Department of Economic and Community Development; June 29, 2012:  OpenECD.tn.gov to Archive Public Information and Documents Pertaining to the Department NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced the launch of its transparency website, OpenECD.tn.gov. The website is designed to be a user-friendly site where the public […]

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Last year, Wendy Askins was living the dream on taxpayer dollars. Now the former development agency official is winning prizes for it, too. Askins used funds intended for the needy to support her own life of luxury, winning her the “Pork of the Year” title in an annual report by the Beacon Center. The Mediterranean-style […]

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Press Release from the Beacon Center of Tennessee, June 26, 2012: NASHVILLE – The Beacon Center of Tennessee today released its 2012 Tennessee Pork Report, exposing the fact that state and local governments across Tennessee wasted $468 million over the past year. This is the seventh annual report published by the Beacon Center, Tennessee’s leading […]

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Taxpayers in Tennessee are owed more than $910,000 that has been stolen or cannot be accounted for, a state Comptroller’s report shows. That figure represents the amount of money that county offices were still short at the end of fiscal year 2011, after audits revealed the missing money. County offices recovered more than $1.1 million […]

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State officials point to planned improvements to mobile access and the state website’s search engine in demonstrating their commitment to being transparent to the public. But open government advocates say the state has a long ways to go.

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The school district websites for Memphis, Jackson-Madison County and Sevier County flunked a nonprofit group’s review on financial transparency. A lack of online budget and contracting information or reports on academic progress contributed to those school district’s ‘F’ grades from Sunshine Review, a group that promotes government transparency. For its report card scores, the group […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury; June 4, 2012: An administrative secretary used a variety of schemes to steal at least $53,412.78 from the Morgan County Soil Conservation District, an investigation by the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit has revealed. The administrative secretary, Sharlene Justice, forged signatures of the district board’s […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; May 25, 2012: Are Taxpayer Dollars being used by government officials to suppress and infringe 2nd Amendment and other civil rights? It is a serious question and can be a crime under some circumstances. In Tennessee government, including the General Assembly, it is not uncommon to see evidence […]

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Newsletter from Tennessee Citizen Action; May 22, 2012: OH HAI! HOW’VE YOU BEEN?! We’ve been thinking about you for over a month now – time has gone by so fast and so much has happened. Not least of which has been the sine die* adjournment of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly and its 2012 legislative […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; May 23, 2012: NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has sign two bills from his 2012 legislative agenda that make structural changes to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) and 21 boards, commissions and licensing programs. More than 200 of these organizations exist […]

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Press release from the Office of Gov. Bill Haslam; May 17, 2012: NASHVILLE – The State of Tennessee has rolled out a dramatically redesigned and improved website, an important step in a broader overhaul of state web services. TN.gov receives millions of unique visits annually, and the redesign represents a substantial effort to make the […]

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Commentary by Kent Flanagan, Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, May 3, 2012: Secrecy seemed to be a common thread running through the session of the Tennessee Legislature that ended May 1. The latest “secret” revealed is that key members of the Legislature met on April 23 at a Nashville restaurant of the session to work […]

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