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What does transparency really mean?

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Lisa Jackson, under scrutiny for apparently using a phony e-mail i.d for some official business, causes a reader to wonder about the government's commitment to transparency.

On a story about EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's use of a phony e-mail identity, under investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee,  a reader identifying himself as "Johnny" writes: How disappointing. If this story is found to be true, it shows a sly and cynical approach to transparency. Will this be our future government? Issue a proclamation about transparency, but practice a lack of it when it involves management or cabinet-level officers?

Camille Tuutti responds: I think, and hope, citizens will continue to really push for a more open government. The public wants insight into where tax dollars go, and knowledge of how government carries out its functions. Several members of Congress, including those on oversight committees, also play a key role in ensuring there is enough sunlight on federal operations and hold officials accountable -- all of them, at every level.

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Feb 08, 2013 at 6:34 AM


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