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Additional resources needed to bolster transparency efforts

April 11, 2013

Local offices are looking for efficient and cost-effective ways to improve transparency and open government efforts, but many are finding that they lack the resources to do so. According to The Daily Review, Pennsylvania's Office of Open Records recently encountered this issue, with some county and town councils and school boards across the state complaining of difficulty in maintaining compliance with state transparency laws.

Open and transparency government efforts may be a necessity of the times, but they can also place a burden on financially struggling municipalities to achieve the intended goals. In order to bolster open government efforts and maintain compliance, local offices may need additional resources.

According to the news source, even the Office of Open Records in Pennsylvania has encountered this issue, with an overwhelming number of transparency requests and cases reaching its desk. The office has requested additional funding from the state to improve its operations.

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