National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Add transparency to government employee records

Before they headed back to Raleigh for the short session, lawmakers predicted the legislature would devote its time this year to The Three E's — education, environment, economy.

We'd like to add another "E" to the list — employees, as in government employees. North Carolina falls short on legislation related to workers employed by you, the public. Lawmakers could remedy the situation by passing The Government Transparency Act.

Unlike people in almost every other state, North Carolinians are denied access to pertinent information about the people they employ — people such as policemen, teachers, city managers, the person collecting your taxes. If a government employee is fired, you cannot find out why. Did that person do wrong? Or was he or she wrongly dismissed? You'll have to guess. Continue>>>