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Public Dissatisfied with Government Financial Transparency

The Association of Government Accountants published a report entitled “Public Attitudes Toward Government Accountability and Transparency 2008”, based on their first annual survey of public attitudes toward government financial information transparency and accountability.

It is a part of AGI’s “Advancing Government Accountability” campaign, which they hope will educate the government and the public on the benefits of government transparency, particularly in reporting government financial information. Not a big surprise here…the survey findings show that people are deeply dissatisfied with the availability of government financial information and how it is delivered to the public:

“…among those who do receive information about governments’ generation and spending of money, there is a strong dissatisfaction with the information that they receive. The strongest dissatisfaction is with the information about the federal government’s financial management (Federal, 60%; State, 46%; Local, 38%). Only 5% are satisfied with what they receive from the federal government”.

To view more of the survey’s findings, view or download the PowerPoint file.

Librarians can learn from this…know where to retrieve government financial information and make this known to your patrons and your community!

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