COMPTROLLER LEMBO ANNOUNCES OVERWHELMING RESPONSE BY QUASI-PUBLIC AGENCIES TO PROVIDE CHECKBOOK-LEVEL FINANCIAL DATA FOR STATE'S ONLINE TRANPARENCY PORTAL
Monday, March 7, 2016 | Contact: Tara Downes (860.702.3308 | Tara.Downes@ct.gov)
Comptroller Kevin Lembo
announced today that 10 out of 12 Connecticut quasi-public agencies have
officially confirmed that they will voluntarily provide his office with
checkbook-level financial data annually to incorporate in OpenConnecticut, the
state's comprehensive financial transparency website.
"This overwhelming response by the quasi-public agencies reinforces that Connecticut is on its way to becoming the most transparent and open government in the country," Lembo said. "It is now considered best practice to provide checkbook-level transparency data for quasi-public institutions on state transparency websites - and doing so will allow Connecticut to retain its position as a leader in government transparency efforts and will help to maintain the public's confidence in government operations."
In a letter to the heads of all quasi-public agencies last month, Lembo said this step is necessary for Connecticut to maintain its leadership -- or even keep up with neighboring states - on open government, transparency and accountability.
"Quasi-public agencies are set apart from other state government agencies by
design, relieving them of some - though not all - requirements that apply to
other agencies in order to allow them to respond to challenges and opportunities
more expediently and efficiently than traditional government entities," Lembo
said. "All quasi-public agencies were formed to meet a public purpose with
significant ramifications on the general public, and many rely in some way
Connecticut was one of only eight states last year to receive an A grade from
U.S. PIRG. Since then, however, several states - including neighboring
Massachusetts - have moved to incorporate data from all government entities,
including quasi-publics, into their transparency websites.
"Delivering this data to the public through our easily accessible online portal
will improve public confidence in the operations of quasi-public institutions
and help to move Connecticut forward as one of the most transparent state
governments in the country," Lembo said.