Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

An Open Government Law for Pennsylvania

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 1 2011

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a law that puts government payments to contractors and employees' compensation on a searchable state webiste, the Pittsburge Tribune-Review reports:

Angela Zaydon, director of legal and public policy for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, said the legislation "isn't the end-all be-all" of public record disclosure. "But it is one-stop shopping for citizens who have general questions about state government," she said.

The website will phase in through 2014. The first phase will include names of vendors and amounts they've been paid. By 2013, compensation and salary information for employees will be available.

By 2014, program descriptions and performance data would be included for payments.

Of note: The Tribune reports that this law will cover all three branches of government, legislative, executive and judicial. It will also be worth watching to see if the website, which will be called PennWATCH, is machine-accessible as well as searchable; the legislation does not specify what format the information should be released in.

News Briefs

RSS Feed friday >

First POST: MonopSony

Debating whether the Sony hack is a national security issue; living in the Age of Outrage; how Black Twitter is changing the civil rights scene; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Company

The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Mood Slime

The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more. GO

More