OMB Watch Looks at Effectiveness of Accountability Websites

On March 19, OMB Watch released Upholding the Public's Trust: Key Features for Effective State Accountability Websites. The report looks at four key areas of transparency in the U.S. state and federal governments — campaign finance, lobbying, procurement, and public officials’ assets — and explains that thoughtful, citizen-centric disclosure websites share five common elements — easy navigation; basic information that most users need; features that help users explore the data; more detailed information for advanced users; and downloadable data.